Squatters during the Great Depression

When people lost their homes, during the Great Depression, they were reduced to living in shacks. Many times those shacks were located on property that the families did not own. Such a place was referred-to, at the time, as a "squatters' camp."

Working for the federal government, Dorothea Lange took pictures documenting the plight of these out-of-work and homeless people. In this photo, which Lange took in November of 1936, we see a mother and daughter who are living in a California "squatter's camp."

The photo's original caption tells us little about the family:

Squatter camp. California

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Media Credits

Photo by Dorothea Lange, taken during November of 1936. Online via the Library of Congress, reproduction number  LC-USF34-009995-C. Public Domain. 


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