Imperial Valley, California - Migrant Home

Dorothea Lange documented the lives of Mexican migrant workers who lived and worked in California’s Imperial Valley during the 1930s.

That is the place where Cesar Chavez’ father moved his family, from Arizona, after the Great Depression caused them to lose their land and the family’s store.

In June of 1935—when Dorothea Lange took the picture of a migrant's home depicted at the top of this page—she was working for the federal government’s Resettlement Administration (later the Farm Security Administration).The photo was one of many she took during her time as a federal employee.

The Library of Congress, where Lange's original negative is maintained, tells us more about the image:

Home of Mexican field worker showing water supply. Brawley, Imperial Valley, California.

Given the low pay which migratory farm workers earned, at the time, they could not really afford a better type of shelter than that depicted in this image.

Click on the picture for a substantially better view.

0 Question or Comment?
click to read or comment
3 Questions 2 Ponder
click to read and respond
0 It's Awesome!
vote for your favorite

Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Aug 05, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

Media Credits

Image, described above, online via the Library of Congress. Public Domain.


To cite this story (For MLA citation guidance see easybib or OWL ):

"Imperial Valley, California - Migrant Home" AwesomeStories.com. Aug 05, 2015. Jul 19, 2018.
Awesome Stories Silver or Gold Membership Required
Awesome Stories Silver or Gold Membership Required
Show tooltips