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Disaster and Government Response

The Great Depression, the Dust Bowl, and the New Deal

References and Further Readings

The key photographers for the Farm Securities Administration and the New Deal are listed below. They were each assigned to a different region of the United States so they would record different people, events, and lives. Each also brought his/her own photographic style and documentation to the assignments. Each name can be searched for more information.

  • Arthur Rothstein
  • Carl Mydans
  • Walker Evans
  • Ben Shahn
  • Russell Lee
  • Marion Post Wolcott
  • Gordon Parks
  • Dorothea Lange 
  • John Collier
  • Edwin Roskam
  • Jack Delano

References

Library of Congress website about the Farm Security Administration
http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/journey/fsa.html

Greenbelt, Maryland, museum website 
http://greenbeltmuseum.org/history

Gordon, Linda. Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009.

Knepper, Cathy D. Greenbelt, Maryland: A Living Legacy of the New Deal. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University, 2001.

Stange, Maren. Symbols of Ideal Life: Social Documentary Photography in America 1890–1950. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Dorothea Lange quote from Popular Photography, Feb. 1960
http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/list/128_migm.html

Additional Photographic Collections

Farm Security Administration Images from the Library of Congress 
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsac/

Dorothea Lange Images from the U.S. National Archives
http://research.archives.gov/search?expression=dorothea+lange&pg_src=brief&data-source=archival-descriptions-with-digital-objects

Lewis Hine Photographs of the Great Depression from the U.S National Archives
https://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/sets/72157630406504922/

Grade Level

High School

Classroom Connections

Earth and Space Science
English Language Arts
Geography
Literature
U.S. History

Curriculum Snapshot

  • 1930s Dust Bowl and the Greenbelt Plan of Roosevelt’s New Deal

Video Connection

Lives

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