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[Detail] Migrant agricultural worker

Migrant Mothers

Dorothea Lange's photograph popularly called "Migrant Mother" (right) captures the worry and desperation as well as the strength of Depression women who migrated to California with their families. Many of the photographs in the collection tell stories of women trying to hold their families together. Have your students investigate the trials of migration by searching on refugee, family, and migrant.

Many of these photographs tell their stories of migration through lengthy captions as well as visual information. As an extended project, students can do research in Voices from the Dust Bowl and other outside sources to find out if a photographer's caption is a realistic or biased account of migration. They can also write a short story based on a photograph and on their research.