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In the Cotton: 1935

In the Cotton: 1935

June 1935. Somewhere in California. "Motherless migrant children. They work in the cotton." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

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The real deal

Those were the days when kids wore jeans that had real holes in the knees instead of designer-made ones. And people were thin because they were hungry, not because they suffered from anorexia. This scene is straight out of "The Grapes of Wrath" -- a book only a few students have much patience for ("It's too long!") Imagine if they had to experience some of the realities of those times.

No escape

How depressing to migrate to California and end up picking cotton there.

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