Nomination: Migrant Mother:How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression

Nardo, Don. Migrant Mother: How a Photograph Defined the Great Depression. 2011. 64p. Compass Point. $25.49 (9780756543976). Gr. 6-8.

The iconic black and white photograph on the cover is one of the most enduring images of the Great Depression.  The photo of a worried farmworker and her children clinging to her shoulders is one of the most reproduced pictures in history. The photographer, Dorothea Lange, was one of many photographers at the Farm Security Administration during the New Deal who were sent out to document conditions across the nation in order to build support for government imporvement programs that succeeded and failed. This volume masterfully shares the inception of the iconic photograph, the photographer’s life and the lives of her subjects.  It is must have for all middle/high school collections and as some have pointed out for photojournalism classes.


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