Quincy University -- TPS -- Primary Source Sets -- Great Depression [October 2011]

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The Great
Depression

 

Rothstein, Arthur, photographer. Son of farmer in dust bowl area. Cimarron Couny, Okalahoma. (1936). from Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.  http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa1998018978/PP/

Great Depression:

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Dr. Common-sense's great cure / Winsor McCay.

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[No work] / Blanche Mary Grambs.

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Harbor Hills Housing Project, 26607 Western Avenue, Lomita, Los Angeles, CA

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A cheerful Christmas carol

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A matter of horse sense / Lute Pease.

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Roosevelt Hotel sign, Seattle, Washington

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Above Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nevada

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Mississippi River 9-Foot Channel Project, Lock & Dams 11-22, Upper Mississippi River, Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

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News note: Mr. Coolidge is spending his vacation at his old Vermont home

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Front of a typical house offering furnished rooms for rent, District of Columbia

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Home of tenant farmer. McIntosh County, Oklahoma

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Migrant family in car enroute to California. Near Muskogee, Oklahoma

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Family who have small goat dairy in front of their tent home near Sallisaw, Oklahoma. They had moved into the tent to save rent and fuel money in town

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Old grocery store serving an agricultural community in the Arkansas River bottoms near Vian, Oklahoma

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Great Depressopm amd World War II, 1929 - 1945

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Depression

 

Dust Bowl:

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Pinal County, Arizona. Sign. The name "Dust Bowl" is reminiscent of home to the agricultural laborers of this section, many of whom came from the Dust Bowl sections of Texas and Oklahoma

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Dust bowl farmer driving tractor with young son, near Cland, New Mexico. "I left cotton growing east of Wichita Falls to come out here to get to grow wheat. (The superior status of wheat over cotton farmers is traditional.) I guess I've made 1000 miles right up and down this field in the dust when you couldn't see that car on the road, and had to use headlights. This soil is the best there is anywhere, but it sure does blow when it's right. If you stay in the house and wait for the dust to stop you won't make a crop. But I"ve seen only one year since I came here in 1920 that I didn't make something"

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Dust bowl refugee from Chickasaw, Oklahoma. Imperial Valley, California. "Black Sunday, 1934, that was the awfullest dust we ever did see"

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Soil blown by "dust bowl" winds piled up in large drifts near Liberal, Kansas

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The winds of the "dust bowl" have piled up large drifts of soil against this farmer's barn near Liberal, Kansas

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One of the pioneer women of the Oklahoma Panhandle dust bowl

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Adobe farmhouse of rehabilitation client. Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Dust bowl

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Son of farmer in dust bowl area. Cimarron County, Oklahoma

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Dust bowl farmer raising fence to keep it from being buried under drifting sand. Cimarron County, Oklahoma

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Abandoned farm in the dust bowl area. Oklahoma

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Dust bowl farmer with tractor and young son near Cland, New Mexico

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Water for farms on edge of "Dust Bowl"

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Along the highway near Bakersfield, California. Dust bowl refugees

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Dust bowl refugee in California. "We was starved out and we live on perhaps. We could maybe find a little work if we could afford to roll"

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Dust bowl refugees living in camps in California

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Oklahoma dust bowl refugees. San Fernando, California

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Four families, three of them related with fifteen children, from the Dust Bowl in Texas in an overnight roadside camp near Calipatria, California

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Auto camp north of Calipatria, California. Approximately eighty families from the Dust Bowl are camped here. They pay fifty cents a week. The only available work now is agricultural labor

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Home of a dust bowl refugee in California. Imperial County

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Squatter camp on county road near Calipatria. Forty families from the dust bowl have been camped here for months on the edge of the pea fields. There has been no work because the crop was frozen

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Dust bowl farmers of west Texas in town

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Farmer and sons walking in the face of a dust storm. Cimarron County, Oklahoma

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Dr. Tugwell and farmer of dust bowl area in Texas Panhandle. President's report

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Mr. and Mrs. Schoenfeldt pulling beets from their tile garden, Sheridan County, Kansas. Tile gardens are a part of the FSA (Farm Security Administration) program in the former dust bowl

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Destitute pea pickers in California. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two. Nipomo, California

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The Dust Bowl of Oklahoma from America's Story

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Trampling Out the Vintage: From Security Camps Provide the Imperial Valley Migrants With a Home and a Hope

 

Collection:

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Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black -and-White Negatives

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Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Color Photographs