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Group of Florida migrants on their way to Cranberry, New Jersey, to pick potatoes. Near Shawboro, North Carolina July 1940 Jack Delano fsa.8c35333 FSA/OWI
English: African American migrant workers from Florida on their way to harvest potatoes in Cranbury, New Jersey. The photograph was taken near Shawboro, North Carolina.
July 1940
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These pictures made a difference during the Great Depression

Part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal program, the Farm Security Agency was created in 1937 to combat rural poverty. The FSA hired 11 photographers to document the state of farmers and their families. Their job was to capture images showing people’s living conditions and use them to report…

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06Aug 17

How the Great Depression affected people’s diets

During the Great Depression, food was scarce. People often prioritized nutrients and quantity over taste. Plus, many people were wary of the spicy foods eaten by immigrant populations. As a result, food cooked during this period was often bland. As more people struggled to feed their families, school lunches also…

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Interactive Table Explaining the New Deal

Video: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Fireside Chat

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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addresses the nation in 1933 about the Great Depression.

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PBS Video: Stories of the Great Depression

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