Interpreting the Evidence
Home of Mexican Migrant Worker, 1937
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Migratory Mexican field worker’s home on the edge of a frozen pea field in California, 1937. Dorothea Lange, photographer.
During the Great Depression, the government employed many artists, writers, and photographers to document the lives of migrant farm workers. Dorothea Lange was one of these photographers. Find more of her photos and compare the conditions she documented to those in this photo.
Research the effect of the Great Depression on farms, farm prices, and migrant labor in New York State.
Art: Imagine the small joys this family might have. Draw a picture that the child in the doorway might have drawn for her father. Use images appropriate to the family’s lifestyle.