youngest little girl of motherless family | toppenish in the yakima valley of washington state | august 1939 | foto: dorothea lange

youngest little girl of motherless family | toppenish in the yakima valley of washington state | august 1939 | foto: dorothea lange

August 1939. Yakima Valley, Washington. Shacktown community, mostly families from Kansas and Missouri. This family has five children, oldest in third grade. Rent 7 dollars per month, no plumbing. Husband earns 44 dollars per month. According to the CPI Inflation Calculator, this husband was making the equivalent of 729 dollars in 2012 dollars which wasn't much for a big family. Still, I see unity in family, mostly clean clothing, and most of all smiles and the normal mischief looks of…

August 1939. Yakima Valley, Washington. Shacktown community, mostly families from Kansas and Missouri. This family has five children, oldest in third grade. Rent 7 dollars per month, no plumbing. Husband earns 44 dollars per month. According to the CPI Inflation Calculator, this husband was making the equivalent of 729 dollars in 2012 dollars which wasn't much for a big family. Still, I see unity in family, mostly clean clothing, and most of all smiles and the normal mischief looks of…

dust bowl days. The day my dad turned 21 was the day the black cloud of the dust bowl hit the area of Texas he lived in. I can't imagine how this affected him and his family.

dust bowl days. The day my dad turned 21 was the day the black cloud of the dust bowl hit the area of Texas he lived in. I can't imagine how this affected him and his family.

Migratory children living in "Rambler's Park." They have lived on the road for three years. Nine children in the family. Yakima Valley, Washington. Photograph by Dorothea Lange from the Library of Congress American Memory collection

Migratory children living in "Rambler's Park." They have lived on the road for three years. Nine children in the family. Yakima Valley, Washington. Photograph by Dorothea Lange from the Library of Congress American Memory collection

November 1936. "American River camp, Sacramento, California. Destitute family. Five children, aged two to seventeen years."

November 1936. "American River camp, Sacramento, California. Destitute family. Five children, aged two to seventeen years."

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