Dust, Drought, and Depression # 16

Dust storm. Amarillo, Texas

Dust storm. Amarillo, Texas; April 1936; photo by Arthur Rothstein; Library of Congress image.

Seventeen year old boy going to feed the pigs. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon

Seventeen year old boy going to feed the pigs. Homedale district, Malheur County, Oregon; October 1939; photo by Dorothea Lange; (Note: Images on the associated Library of Congress page are wrong for the description, showing an interior shot in an old house or cabin – issue reported to LOC 8/3/2013.)

In Memphis, Tennessee hundreds of colored laborers congregated near the bridge every morning at daylight in hopes of work chopping cotton on a plantation

“In Memphis, Tennessee hundreds of colored laborers congregated near the bridge every morning at daylight in hopes of work chopping cotton on a plantation. They are hauled to and from work on trucks. Reduced cotton acreage has made employment scarce for this class of seasonal labor in all towns. ‘You can’t live the commonest way on six bits a day. Not alone nor no way. A man like me can’t get no foothold. It’s a mighty tough old go. The people here in the morning are hungry, raggedy, but they don’t make no hungry march’ “ – June 1938, Dorothea Lange.

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