Life for a Migrant Worker’s Child

Marion Post Wolcott (1910-1990) was a photographer employed by the U.S. government’s Farm Security Administration. During her years working for the FSA, Wolcott took thousands of pictures, often traveling alone.

The Library of Congress describes the scope of her work:

Marion Post Wolcott is best known for the more than 9,000 photographs she produced for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) from 1938 to 1942.

By way of comparison, Dorothea Lange took about 4,000 photos for the government’s Resettlement Authority (later known as the FSA).

Wolcott’s people skills, and her approachability, allowed her to take pictures of individuals living in desperate circumstances.

This photo, which Wolcott took in Florida during 1939, depicts a child standing in the doorway of a migrant-worker’s shack. The home was located near the town of Belle Glade.

The situation for migrant workers was similar throughout Depression-era America, in crop-growing regions from Florida to California.

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

Original Release: Aug 04, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016

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