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The Depression affected the very young as well as the old.

Migrant cotton picker

This perfectly framed Taken in Maricopa County, Arizona; this shows a migrant cotton picker and her child.

This image is particularly affecting as it shows that hope – like new life – springs eternal. The household is at the very best rudimentary but this woman has managed, despite everything, to keep herself and her baby clean and healthy. The smile directed at the child rather than the camera shows the sublime and enigmatic happiness of a mother facing hardships many of can only imagine.

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