Thursday, May 19, 2011

Migruojantys paukščiai

1936-ieji, Didžiosios depresijos laikai.

1. Migrant Mother: 1936

August 17, 1936. Blythe, California. "Drought refugees from Oklahoma camping by the roadside. They hope to work in the cotton fields. There are seven in family."

2. Migrant Daughter: 1936

November 1936. "Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California."



3. Better Than It Was: 1939

February 1939. Calipatria, Imperial Valley. Farm Security Administration emergency migratory labor camp. Daughter of ex-tenant farmers on thirds and fourths in cotton. Had fifty dollars when set out.

Went to Phoenix, picked cotton, pulled bolls, made eighty cents a day. Stayed until school closed. Went to Idaho, picked peas until August. Left McCall with forty dollars "in hand." Went to Cedar City and Parowan, Utah, a distance of 700 miles. Picked peas through September. Went to Hollister, California. Picked peas through October. Left Hollister for Calipatria for early peas which froze. Now receiving Farm Security Administration food grant and waiting for work to begin.

"Back in Oklahoma, we are sinking. You work your head off for a crop and then see it burn up. You live in debts that you can never get out of. This isn't a good life, but I say that it's a better life than it was."


Istorija, kuri keistai susirimavo.

4. In the Cotton: 1935

June 1935. Somewhere in California. "Motherless migrant children. They work in the cotton."


Motulės medvilnės pašaukti.

5. No Money at All: 1936

August 1936. "Part of an impoverished family of nine on a New Mexico highway. Depression refugees from Iowa.

Left Iowa in 1932 because of father's ill health. Father an auto mechanic laborer, painter by trade, tubercular. Family has been on relief in Arizona but refused entry on relief rolls in Iowa to which state they wish to return. Nine children including a sick four-month-old baby. No money at all. About to sell their belongings and trailer for money to buy food. 'We don't want to go where we'll be a nuisance to anybody.'"


Dirvožemio erozijos pasekmės.

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