Descriptive Essay Migrant Mother Photograph

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Descriptive Essay Migrant Mother Photograph

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Descriptive EssayNameClassDateProfessorMigrant Mother The photograph "Migrant Mother" is a beautiful piece of work that not only draws the eye but tells a story of the struggle being experienced by American citizens during the Great Depression. The photograph depicts a tired, thin woman, with a look of worry on her face, holding an infant with two small children clinging to either side of her. The woman does not appear to even notice the photographer but instead appears to be lost in thought. While still young her face is covered in wrinkles and she appears much older. The mother appears to have given up and is withdrawn but knows she cannot give up because her children's survival depends on her. The plight of the Migrant Mother is obvious by the pain and despair in her eyes and her desperation to care for her family seeps through. The picture was striking and inspired me to learn about the woman's plight. After learning the photograph was taken during the Great Depression it was essential to develop data on this time period. The photographer was Dorothea Lange, who worked for the Department of Agriculture, and was tasked with taking pictures on

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