• Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is native Californian. Nipomo, California (photo by Dorothea Lange, taken as part of the Farm Security Administration)

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    Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is native Californian. Nipomo, California
    • Date
    • 1937-06/1937-07
    • Creator
    • Lange, Dorothea
    • Rights
    • No known restrictions. For information, see U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs(http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/071_fsab.html)
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    • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
    • Is Part Of
    • Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

  • Wife of evicted sharecropper, New Madrid County, Missouri (photo by Arthur Rothstein, taken as part of the Farm Security Administration)

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    Wife of evicted sharecropper, New Madrid County, Missouri
    • Date
    • 1939-01
    • Creator
    • Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985
    • Rights
    • No known restrictions. For information, see U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs(http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/071_fsab.html)
    • Partner
    • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
    • Is Part Of
    • Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection (Library of Congress)

  • Sculpture depicting a Great Depression breadline at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, DC

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    Sculpture depicting a Great Depression breadline at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Washington, D.C.
    • Date
    • 1980/2006
    • Creator
    • Highsmith, Carol M., 1946- (photographer)
    • Rights
    • No known restrictions on publication.
    • Partner
    • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
    • Is Part Of
    • Highsmith, Carol M., 1946- Carol M. Highsmith Archive.

The six months leading up to the stock market crash gave some indication of the financial crisis ahead. The economy had already begun to slump, but no one could forecast the dramatic crash experienced on that October day in 1929. The three years following saw continued decreases in stock prices until, in "late 1932, they had dropped to only about 20 percent of their value in 1929." By 1933, nearly half of America's banks had failed, causing, in large part, a drastic reduction in US manufacturing and unemployment of nearly 30% of the American public.

"About the Great Depression," Modern American Poetry. http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/depression/about.htm