Dorothea Lange 's Migrant Mother

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Eight o’clock in the morning, a rooster crows with the piercing shriek of a wake-up call. The sunlight streams through window panes as the wind begins to pick up. Once a gentle whisper, it grows in strength and gust until everything in its path has been robbed of its previous serenity. The early morning skies begin to darken. Tiny dust invaders begin to pummel the windows that serve as portals to the destruction outside. Then, as quickly as it began, the commotion ceases. Everything is dusty. Everything is dark. This is the Dustbowl of the American 1930’s.
Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” depicts one of hundreds of similar cases of impoverished people during the Dustbowl that ravaged the American Midwest in the 1930’s. It was pictures like this one, windows into the souls of the disheartened and discarded, that brought about awareness and reform that eventually ended the Great Depression. Uniting one nation, this picture, and others like it, connects Americans to one another- not individuals, but one and indivisible. The photograph’s composition, narrative, and themes contribute to its purpose as a work of political protest as the mother represents a declining nation in dire need of change.
Taken in San Luis Obispo County, California in 1936, “Migrant Mother” became one of the most famous depictions of the Depression era, due in part to its striking composition. The black and white photograph features a tattered, middle-aged woman and her two children who face away from
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