S: Migrant Mother
FC: Migrant Mother | By: Ryan, Andrea, Fahad, And Natalie
1: The Great Depression During the Great Depression many people had low paying jobs such as maids. Some had no jobs. They had little food, water, clothes, or money. During the Great Depression, many people moved to California. The farmers suffered the most. People started moving to California as result of the Great Depression. During the Great Depression,Franklin D. Roosevelt was voted as the president. He wanted to help everyone in this endless struggle. All through the Great Depression, people tried to keep their families alive, get food, water and everything they needed. Then in 1939 a big rain came and the crops started growing, they got food and then finally, Great Depression was over. This was an important event in history where the economy was terrible and people had no money and little food. This lasted for 10 years, from 1929-1939.
3: 1936 Dear Journal, I have just taken a photo of a migrant mother and her sad children. They seem to be very depressed in this place they have to live in. I’m going to call this photo “The Migrant Mother”. Look at this poor mother and her few children. I can’t help but notice the little baby under her mother’s arm. The poor baby seems to be the dirtiest of all. The lines on the mother’s face and the worried look in her eyes tell it all. Her life is tough. People need to see this. Dorothea Lange
4: September 22, 1934 Dear Livie, I’m so sorry I haven’t gotten the chance to write to you. So much as happened since you and your folks moved away from Oklahoma. I miss you so much. I miss Ma and my brother, Franklin, so much too. They died. I hate Pa for leaving that pail of kerosene by the stove. I will never forgive him. I burned my hands. Ma burned her whole body bad. Ma died giving birth to Franklin. Franklin died soon after he was born. I now feel as if there is a hole in my heart. I can’t even use words to describe how depressed I am. Oh, how much I would have loved being a big sister! The death of Ma and Franklin has only been making these times harder for Pa and I. There are so many dust storms. Because of the drought, our crops aren’t growing. That means Pa can’t grow his wheat. I am so worried. Pa says if our wheat doesn’t start growing soon we’ll have to move to California for better luck. The dust storms have just gotten worse since you left. The food here is all covered in dust. Everything is covered in dust. But, it’s not only Pa and I who are struggling, everyone is. I wish this horrible time would end. Pa has also been acting strange. It’s like he’s not even related to me anymore. I feel so awkward with him. We don’t even talk anymore. I have a feeling that Pa is as lonely and empty as I am, if not more. Oh, Livie, I wish you had taken me with you when you moved to California! Your Best Friend, Billie Jo
6: "This day I will marry my friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love." | June 1935 Dear Mom, I like Aunt Minnie house in Key West, Florida, but I still wish I could stay with you. I met my grandma, Nana Philly, you said she was dead but she is alive! She doesn’t like children and she didn’t like me at first but later she did. I made french toast for her and she kept on dropping the bowl of milk toast on the floor and I had to clean it up for her because her second-in-hand lady was on a break. I kept on going there and one day I gave her the milk toast and she ate it. I also met Uncle Vernon - he is a nice guy. Did you know that Aunt Minnie got stung by a scorpion? I forgot to tell you about my weird cousins Beans, Buddy, and Kermit - they have to work. They change diapers to get food treats, not money! They get in trouble a lot. They stole a speed boat to find a pirate’s treasure and I found the map. Those bad kids were trying to trick their teacher, Miss Applebea Love, Turtle