June and Jennifer grew up in Britain. The twin sisters were inseparable, and had speech impediments which made it very hard for them to mix in with other children. The Gibbons also were the only black children in their school, and faced racism. Their language eventually became unintelligible to outsiders and spoke to no one except each other and their little sister. They would complete each other’s sentences and could communicate with no more than facial expressions. In their early teens…

June and Jennifer grew up in Britain. The twin sisters were inseparable, and had speech impediments which made it very hard for them to mix in with other children. The Gibbons also were the only black children in their school, and faced racism. Their language eventually became unintelligible to outsiders and spoke to no one except each other and their little sister. They would complete each other’s sentences and could communicate with no more than facial expressions. In their early teens…

Two hobos walking along railroad tracks, after being put off a train during the Great Depression.    The picture shows an iconic image of the Great Depression.

Two hobos walking along railroad tracks, after being put off a train during the Great Depression. The picture shows an iconic image of the Great Depression.

U.S. Great Depression Picture Vernon Evans family leaving South Dakota drought area for west. (Circa 1935) // Farm Security Administration-Resettlement Administration

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U.S. Great Depression Picture Vernon Evans family leaving South Dakota drought area for west. (Circa 1935) // Farm Security Administration-Resettlement Administration

Migrant mother with child, near Harlingen, Texas, 1939

Migrant mother with child, near Harlingen, Texas, 1939

No Money, Ten Children: March 1937. Stalled in the Southern California desert. No money, ten children. From Chickasaw, Oklahoma. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. In those days it wasn't easy to give money to a man like that. Most people wouldn't accept charity. It was considered an admission of failure, defeat. He might have accepted a loan. If he did, I'm willing to bet he paid it off with the first money he came by after feeding his kids.

No Money, Ten Children: March 1937. Stalled in the Southern California desert. No money, ten children. From Chickasaw, Oklahoma. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. In those days it wasn't easy to give money to a man like that. Most people wouldn't accept charity. It was considered an admission of failure, defeat. He might have accepted a loan. If he did, I'm willing to bet he paid it off with the first money he came by after feeding his kids.

October 1939. Neches, Texas. "Mexican migrants drinking cold drinks and buying candy at filling station where the truck taking them to their homes in the Rio Grande Valley has stopped. They had been picking cotton in Mississippi."

October 1939. Neches, Texas. "Mexican migrants drinking cold drinks and buying candy at filling station where the truck taking them to their homes in the Rio Grande Valley has stopped. They had been picking cotton in Mississippi."

August 1936. Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Sequoyah County drought farmers. "Nothing to do," said one of them. "These fellers are goin' to stay right here till they dry up and die." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange

August 1936. Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Sequoyah County drought farmers. "Nothing to do," said one of them. "These fellers are goin' to stay right here till they dry up and die." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange

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