Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression (Captured History)
In the 1930s, photographer Dorothea Lange traveled the American West documenting the experiences of those devastated by the Great Depression. She wanted to use the power of the image to effect political change, but even she could hardly have expected the effect that a simple portrait of a worn-looking woman and her children would have on history. This image, taken at a migrant workers' camp in Nipomo, California, would eventually come to be seen as the very symbol of the Depression. The photograph helped reveal the true cost of the disaster on human lives and shocked the U.S. government into providing relief for the millions of other families devastated by the Depression.
Iconic photos are so familiar to us that we can easily forget the images were taken of real human beings. This series tells the stories of the people in these famous photos; the life of the photographers before and after their fame; and the lasting effects the photos had on our culture. Most of the photographers say they were in the right place at the right time. Some photos inspired novels; Dorothea Lange's image of a migrant worker mother and her two (of 10) children moved John Steinbeck to write The Grapes of Wrath. The photographers were on assignments from a magazine, the government or news organizations, for the most part. Sometimes the subjects and photographers were one in the same such as the Apollo astronauts. The text in this series is as fascinating as the images. While most of the photos are black and white, they are large and crisp, showing lots of detail. Child labor, segregation, poverty, war, and death are not themes for young children. But, this is part of our American history that you may not see in a history text. I found them just fascinating! ~Sara 9" x 10" 64pp, sc. ~ Sara