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[Detail] Migrant agricultural worker

Historical Research Capabilities

Using photographs as a starting point for research can give the research topics a context and relevance that make them less abstract and more engaging to students. With an eye for detail, students can use photographs and their captions to formulate search words for research into the major issues of the Depression era. In addition to FSA/OWI Photographs, 1935-1945, research can begin with Voices from the Dust Bowl.

This photograph and its full caption can be a starting point for research into sharecropper contracts and the effects of surplus labor.

The story of this family's legal eviction due to union membership provides a starting point for research into the plight of farm union members.