Workers Are Worthy of Their Hire Toddlers T-Shirt
This photograph was taken by Dorothea Lange in February or March of 1936. During the Great Depression, Lange worked for the Farm Resettlement Administration which later became the Farm Security Administration. These agencies were among the Depression era government programs that provided jobs and pay checks for those who would otherwise have neither. "Destitute Pea Pickers was taken while Lange was employed by the Farm Security Administration. The photographers working for the FRA and FSA were given the task of documenting the living conditions of the poor in rural areas and on farmlands and then of photographing the improvements created by the agencies. However, Walker Evans, another photographer employed by the Farm Resettlement Administration, felt that the photographs should be "pure record not propaganda." This photograph may be viewed on the Library of Congress Web site at http://www.loc.gov/shop/index.php?action=cCatalog.showSubCategory&cid=23&scid=155&page=0 under "People and Culture: The Great Depression". Because these photographs were created as works-for -hire for government agencies, they are in the public domain. The portrait’s subject, 32-year-old Florence Owens Thompson, told Lange that she and her children were living on frozen vegetables found in farm fields and birds killed by her children. To buy more food, she had just sold the tires from her car. Thompson, a Native American from Oklahoma, later came to feel that the photograph cast her into a helplessly immobile "Grapes of Wrath" stereotype, which she regretted. Thompson, a strong leader, became an activist and occasional organizer in the 1930s farm labor struggles. The design is available on a number of products at Grand Old Values http://www.zazzle.com/GrandOldValues under "Workers Are Worthy of Their Hire."