Girl from iconic Great Depression photo: 'We were ashamed'

Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 12:14 pm


This picture from the Great Depression just grips my heart. But it also gives me hope. I am not afraid of hard times. I am not afraid of hard work. But I am afraid for my children. They know nothing but a good life. And it does make me sad to think that it may get harder - though surely not as hard as it was in the Great Depression....but who knows?

This woman did her best for her kids and Katherine McIntosh lives a good life and is proud of what she has accomplished...this has a lot to say for her Mom who sacrificed and instilled so much in her children in the midst of such want.

I want to be that kind of a woman...

Many probabably already live this way - how many more before things get better I wonder?
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Bella Dea
Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 12:34 pm
It literally makes my heart wrench when I think about people who have to hear their babies cry because they have no food to give them. Instead of Toys for Tots, I try and donate to food banks.
This year, here is my favorite.

Kraft matches your donation! Just $5 from you fills 160 bowls of food.

Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 12:36 pm
@Bella Dea,
That is good info Bella - thank you - We sponsor a family here in town but I think we will also donate - I am happy to find out about this.
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Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 01:01 pm
Have you ever read the book, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee, mismi? It was written in the 1930's. It is the author's documentary account of living with the family shown in the photo (or a family in the same community). It is a very affecting, well-written book that includes photographs from Walker Evans.
Reply Wed 3 Dec, 2008 01:15 pm
I haven't Wandel...I am going to see if I can find it. Thank you
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