What It Was Like To Live Through The Great Depression (Colorized Photos)
A Woman Sells Her Children While Living In A Tent
For the majority of Americans, life during the Great Depression of the 1930s was hard. Many people, like the woman in this colorized photograph that was taken in 1936 by San Francisco photographer Dorothea Lange, left their homes in the Dust Bowl region to migrate to California in search of a better life.
The "better life" that people went out in search for was rarely waiting for them. Even when migrant workers found jobs in the fields of California they were maligned for taking jobs from locals and the pay was nothing to write home about. In black and white these photos look like something from a history book, but in color they look like they could have been taken today.
Far from a grand adventure, the reality of life during the Great Depression is that many Americans were reduced to wearing rags and didn’t know where their next meal was coming from.