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MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936. Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker and mother of seven, with her children in a camp for migrant workers in Nipomo, California, 1936. Part of the Migrant Mother series by Dorothea Lange, 1936

MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936. Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker and mother of seven, with her children in a camp for migrant workers in Nipomo, California, 1936. Part of the Migrant Mother series by Dorothea Lange, 1936


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MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936. Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker and mother of seven, with her children in a camp for migrant workers in Nipomo, California, 1936. Part of the Migrant Mother series by Dorothea Lange, 1936

MIGRANT MOTHER, 1936.
Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker and mother of seven, with her children in a camp for migrant workers in Nipomo, California, 1936. Part of the Migrant Mother series by Dorothea Lange, 1936

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1936 California Camp Children Dorothea Family Farm Farm Security Administration Farmer Farming Florence Great Depression Lang Migrant Migrant Worker Mother Okie Outdoor Poverty Rural Thompson Nipomo


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This powerful photograph captures the resilience and strength of Florence Thompson, a 32-year-old migrant worker during the Great Depression. In 1936, Dorothea Lange captured this iconic image as part of her Migrant Mother series. In the photo, we see Florence seated outdoors with her seven children in a camp for migrant workers in Nipomo, California. The weariness etched on her face tells a story of hardship and struggle. Yet, despite their circumstances, there is an undeniable sense of determination and love within this family. The composition highlights the bond between mother and child as Florence holds onto two of her youngest children while her other children huddle close to her side. Their expressions reflect both innocence and concern for their uncertain future. Lange's photograph serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by millions during one of America's darkest periods. It sheds light on the plight of migrant workers who were forced to leave their homes in search of work during economic turmoil. Decades later, this image continues to resonate with viewers worldwide, symbolizing not only the hardships endured by individuals like Florence Thompson but also representing hope amidst adversity. It stands as a testament to human resilience and serves as a call for empathy towards those facing similar struggles today.

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