'I never lost hope': Startling interview unearthed with woman behind iconic Great Depression image talking just five years before her death in 1983. FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood.'

'I never lost hope': Startling interview unearthed with woman behind iconic Great Depression image talking just five years before her death in 1983

'I never lost hope': Startling interview unearthed with woman behind iconic Great Depression image talking just five years before her death in 1983. FLORENCE LEONA THOMPSON Migrant Mother – A Legend of the Strength of American Motherhood.'

Alice (far left) worked in a factory at age seven to help support her family of nine Not that long ago. .

Alice (far left) worked in a factory at age seven to help support her family of nine Not that long ago. .

Great Depression: White migrant mother with Children. Weslaco Texas. Photo by Russell Lee. Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection LC-USF34- 032086-D

Great Depression: White migrant mother with Children. Weslaco Texas. Photo by Russell Lee. Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, FSA-OWI Collection LC-USF34- 032086-D

Children sitting on the steps of a dilapidated house in Michigan in June of 1937

And you thought it was bad now... Never-before-seen pictures capture everyday life of destitute Americans during the Great Depression

Great Depression Iowa Farm Family  1936 Photograph by Daniel Hagerman

Great Depression Iowa Farm Family 1936

Great Depression Iowa Farm Family 1936 Photograph by Daniel Hagerman

the great depression | Many children were deserted and left homeless during the Depression

the great depression | Many children were deserted and left homeless during the Depression

It's About Time: A Few Portraits of Extreme Poverty - 1930s Children of The Great Depression

It's About Time: A Few Portraits of Extreme Poverty - 1930s Children of The Great Depression

causes of the Great Depression

What Happened During the Great Depression of 1929?

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), a great American photographer, is perhaps best known for her photographs of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression.

Cameron and Lange

Dorothea Lange (1895-1965), a great American photographer, is perhaps best known for her photographs of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression.

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