Florence Thompson and Her Hungry Children

As she went around the country on behalf of the U.S. Farm Security Administration, documenting how the Great Depression was harming Americans, Dorothea Lange stopped at a pea-pickers' camp in Nipomo, California.

It was there—in February or March of 1936—that she met Florence Thompson, a mother of seven children. Only 32 years old, Florence was doing her best to feed her children. Among so many other difficulties which had befallen America during the Great Depression, a drought had caused crop failures.

The Library of Congress maintains this photo. It has this original caption:

Migrant agricultural worker's family. Seven hungry children. Mother aged thirty-two. Father is a native Californian. Destitute in pea picker's camp, Nipomo, California, because of the failure of the early pea crop. These people had just sold their tent in order to buy food. Of the twenty-five hundred people in this camp most of them were destitute.

In addition to the caption, the Library of Congress provides this additional information:

Photograph shows Florence Thompson with two of her children as part of the "Migrant Mother" series. 

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Media Credits

Image, described above, by Dorothea Lange. Online via the Library of Congress where its reproduction number is LC-USF34-T01-009093-C. No known restrictions on public-domain use.


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