Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy

18/7/2012

Stunning Color photographs cast new light the lives of children in 1940s America as the nation awakens from the Great Depression and prepares for the Second World War

Stunning full-color photos offer a rare glimpse into the lives of children in early 1940s America — a seldom-discussed time when the nation was waking up from the Great Depression and readying itself for war. Children were caught in the extremes of a nation in the midst of a great transformation. Abject poverty in rural areas and tenements meant many youngsters were forced to work the fields and factories to help their parents scrape together a living.

Other images show children attending school and receiving medical care. One image features a well-dressed boy outside a department store window at Christmas time, conjuring a classic holiday sight that persisted through the early 1960s. The newly-released photos are part of a Library of Congress project to digitize and upload a trove of pictures that were taken by photographers hired by the Farm Security Administration for a Depression-era New Deal program. for more click here

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