Picturing America -- Dorothea Lange: PBS Video

Subject: Great Depression, Photography, WPA, Dust Bowl, WRA
Themes: The Arts 20th Century Journalism and Media
Age groups: Middle School High School
Resource type: Video

From PBS Learning Media: Picturing America on Screen, cinematographer Dyanna Taylor shares her earliest childhood influence: her grandmother, the renowned photographer Dorothea Lange. Taylor travels to the Library of Congress to see her grandmother's collection of photographs, including Migrant Mother, an iconic image of the 1930s. The photograph shows a poverty-stricken mother with her children and is best known for its emotional imagery and symbolic representation of Depression-era America.

A PDF learning guide can be found here.

Picturing America is a project of the National Endowment for the Humanities, carried out in partnership with the American Library Association, which provides an innovative way to experience America's history through our nation's art. Visit the Picturing America website to learn more. For more videos like this, visit Picturing America on Screen.