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August 1936. "People living in miserable poverty. Elm Grove, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma." by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

Depression housing... March 1936. "One-room hut housing a family of nine built on the chassis of an abandoned Ford in a field between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the river."

Cancelled cheque in the amount of $ 7.2 million, for the purchase of Alaska from Russia, issued August 1, 1868. For less than 2 cents an acre, the United States acquired nearly 600,000 square miles.

August 17, 1936. Blythe, California. "Drought refugees from Oklahoma camping by the roadside. They hope to work in the cotton fields. There are seven in family. by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.

This photo taken in North Carolina in 1888, shows a Cherokee cabin that is very representative of the homes in this region during the 19th century. The United States federal government forced about 16,000 Cherokee and hundreds of other Native Americans to abandon their land in NC, GA, Tenn, & AL and move to OK in the late 1830's. Brett Riggs, an archaeologist at the University of NC, is uncovering the remains of farms and homes in the mountains of NC, that the Cherokee left behind.

"1909, family without father. All the children but the 4 smallest work in the cotton mill. Each child makes 4.50 a week."


The TIME Vault: January 22, 1940

Dust bowl life. Interesting fact: when the flour companies learned that the poor in the dust bowl were sewing flour bags together to make dresses and other clothing for the children, they began selling their flour in different decorative bags with flowers and such things printed on them so that the "clothing" made would be a bit more attractive and fun. And the little girls really appreciated that. It's the little things....

District of Columbia. Tent life of the 31st (later, 82nd) Pennsylvania Infantry at Queen's Farm, vicinity of Fort Slocum."

The old Skagit River Hotel in Washington didn't offer a lot of amenities.

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Convention of former slaves. Annie Parram, age 104; Anna Angales, age 105; Elizabeth Berkeley, 125; Sadie Thompson, 110."

Children gaze outward, just prior to their execution. At least one million children died in the Holocaust, most of them in the gas chambers. As the Germans swept into Soviet territory, they sometimes turned the task of killing Jewish children over to their Ukrainian allies. (Photo: Central State Archive of Film, Photo and Phonographic Documents / United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Photo Archive.)

January 1939. "Herrin, Illinois. Family on relief living in shanty at city dump." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration.

August 1936. "Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway. By Dorothea Lange

August 1939. Agricultural migrants. "Family who traveled by freight train. Toppenish, Washington. Yakima Valley. I haven't found too many pictures of a family traveling to a better life by freight train. Times were tough in the Depression but here's another father who didn't desert his family during desperation and chose to keep them together. Must have been a tough day for the mom as she doesn't seem to want a picture taken. I like the cowboy scarf on the boy. negative by Dorothea Lange

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August 1936. Family between Dallas and Austin, Texas. The people have left their home and connections in South Texas, and hope to reach the Arkansas Delta for work in the cotton fields. Penniless people. No food and three gallons of gas in the tank. The father is trying to repair a tire. Three children. Father says, "It's tough but life's tough anyway you take it." Even during times of great desperation, Americans have a history overcoming great obstacles.Photo by Dorothea Lange.