Wednesday, July 15, 2009
In 1935, between the nationwide Great Depression and the Dust Bowl in the Midwest, hundred of thousands of people were displaced. Many headed West, in hopes of finding work in the fertile fields of California. Squatters' camps of tents and shack homes sprang up from Kern County and the San Joaquin Valley in the north to Coachella Valley and Imperial County, east of San Diego. These pictures were taken by the government, with the goal of documenting the extent of the migrants' plight.
There were more people than jobs, and despite the government's efforts, there weren't enough jobs to go around until the start of World War II, in 1941.