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Not all farm families who became migrants during the Great Depression did so because of drought, and not all went to California. Many families lost their land when agricultural prices dropped, and the mechanization of agriculture left many agricultural laborers without work. These members of a South Texas family, photographed by the Farm Security Administration’s Dorothea Lange in August 1936, were traveling to the Arkansas Delta to pick cotton.

Source: Dorothea Lange, 1936—Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.