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"Migrant Mother," by Dorothea Lange

"Migrant Mother," by Dorothea Lange

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During the Great Depression, government photographer Dorothea Lange took this picture at a migrant farmworkers' camp near Nipomo, California. Lange's brief caption recorded her impressions of the family's plight: "Destitute pea pickers... a 32-year-old mother of seven children."
First published in a San Francisco newspaper, this poignant image became one of the most famous photographs of the Depression era, emblematic of the hardships suffered by poor migrant families. The "migrant mother," anonymous for many years, was later identified as Oklahoma native Florence Thompson.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
photograph
date made
1936
maker
Lange, Dorothea
Place Made
United States: California
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ID Number
1983.0069.07
accession number
1983.0069
catalog number
83.69.7
Great Depression
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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