Picket line at Mid-City Realty Company, South Chicago, Illinois–The Bitter Years 001

John Vachon photographer.  July, 1941

Picket line at Mid-City Realty Company, South Chicago, Illinois (The Bitter Years 001)


The Bitter Years, in 1962, was Edward Steichen’s last exhibition as Director of the Department of Photography at New York’s  Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The images in the exhibition were personally selected by Steichen from 270,000 photos taken for the Farm Security Administration by a team of photographers employed between 1935 and 1941 to document (primarily) rural America during the Great Depression.

Text in image: Slavery was abolished, yet we work for $8 a week

america, american history, great depression, history, illinois, people, photography, the bitter years

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