Family of 13–1939.

Dust, Drought, and Depression #4

Dorothea Lange’s photo, below, an Oklahoma family struggling in California in 1939 was #009 of the images in my Eyes of the Great Depression series. In updating that post, I found more information taken from caption cards filed with other images.

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. In Farm Security Administration FSA migrant labor camp during pea harvest. Family from Oklahoma with eleven children. Father, eldest daughter and eldest son working. She: "I want to go back to where we can live happy, live decent, and grow what we eat." He: "I've made my mistake and now we can't go back. I've got nothing to farm with." Brawley, Imperial County, California. Feb, 1939.

Brawley, Imperial Valley. In Farm Security Administration (FSA) migratory labor camp. Family of mother, father and eleven children, originally from near Mangrum, Oklahoma, where he had been tenant farmer. Came to California in 1936 after the drought. Since then has been traveling from crop to crop in California, following the harvest. Six of the children attend school wherever the family stops long enough. Five older children work along with the father and mother. February 23, two of the family have been lucky and “got a place” (a day’s work) in the peas on the Sinclair ranch. Father had earned about one dollar and seventy-three cents for ten-hour day. Oldest daughter had earned one dollar and twenty-five cents. From these earnings had to provide their transportation to the fields twenty miles away. Mother wants to return to Oklahoma, father unwilling.She says, “I want to go back to where we can live happy, live decent, and grow what we eat.” He says, “We can’t go the way I am now. We’ve got nothing in the world to farm with. I made my mistake when I came out here.”

Tent of Family of mother, father and eleven children. Brawley, Imperial Valley. In Farm Security Administration FSA migratory labor camp. Dorothea Lange (photographer) February 1939

Tent of Family of mother, father and eleven children. Brawley, Imperial Valley. In Farm Security Administration FSA migratory labor camp. Dorothea Lange (photographer) February 1939

Migrant father and daughter - Brawley, Imperial Valley, In Farm Security Administration FSA migratory labor camp. Feb, 1939. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

Father and mother of eleven children, originally from Oklahoma, where he had been a tenant farmer. In Farm Security Administration FSA migratory labor camp. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California. Dorothea Lange, photographer, February 1939

Father and mother of eleven children, originally from Oklahoma, where he had been a tenant farmer. In Farm Security Administration FSA migratory labor camp. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California. Dorothea Lange, photographer, February 1939

Father and mother of eleven children in Farm Security Administration FSA migratory labor camp at Brawley, Imperial Valley, California. Feb, 1939. Dorothea Lange (photographer)

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. In Farm Security Administration FSA migrant labor camp during pea harvest. Family from Oklahoma with eleven children. Father, eldest daughter and eldest son working. She: "I want to go back to where we can live happy, live decent, and grow what we eat." He: "I've made my mistake and now we can't go back. I've got nothing to farm with." Brawley, Imperial County, California. Feb, 1939.

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