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Tom Joad: 1936

Tom Joad: 1936

February 1936. "Once a Missouri farmer, now a migratory farm laborer on the Pacific Coast, California." A possible prequel to The Grapes of Wrath. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

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Behind the Picture

The troubled 'human story' behind the picture of these two people is right there in the hard gaze and grizzled face of the man and in the wistful expression of the woman's eyes. The exhausted clothes and shabby car add material details.

What a great photo.

The Doppelgangers

for Henry Fonda and Jane Darwell.

Life lines

His hardships in life are shown in his face. This is a family that struggled during a dark period of depression and failures. I hope things got better for them eventually.

When I look at this picture...

I see the unquenchable dignity and resiliency of the human spirit.

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