Friday, January 22, 2010
Today's picture shows the son of a farmer in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. It was taken in 1936. When people think of the Great Depression, I think they primarily think of the stock market crash, and resulting unemployment. Sometimes I think we forget at the same time, we were hit with the dust bowl. During the dust bowl it pretty much stopped raining over lots of the parts of the country. Without rain, it was impossible for farmers or ranchers to survive. So, lots of the people that were see in the migrant camps and moving across the country with their families in cars were former Oklahoma farmers and ranchers who had lost their rain.