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May 1938. "John Pope, son of farmer, at Irwinville Farms, Georgia." Indoor plumbing was an improvement for many of the sharecropper families resettled here by the government during the Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.