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Interpreting the Evidence

MIgrant Camp Housing, 1936

  • Historical Eras:

    The Great Depression and WW II (1929 - 1945)

  • Thinking Skill:

    Historical Analysis & Interpretation

  • Grade Level:

    Upper Elementary
    Middle School
    High School
    College University

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  • Regions:

    United States

  • Creator:

    NYS Archives Partnership Trust Education Team

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Text from back of photograph:

Home of Tenn. Family, now migratory workers. 7 in family. Came to California July 1935, following relatives who had come in 1933. Father was a coal miner in Tennessee. Reason for coming to California 'Our neighbors were coming. We only got one or two days work a week (relief). Thought we could make it better here.' Since arrival family has worked in walnuts, tomatoes, peaches, and the mother has worked in a fruit cannery. American River Camp, Sacramento, California. November 1936. (Farm Security Administration Photo by: Lange.)

Source: Farm Security Administration Photographs, Kheel Center, Cornell University