Women of the Great Depression Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of three photographs of women during the Great Depression.
# 145292 | 1,554 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US

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The paper examines the photographs to illustrate how the depression affected each woman's life differently. The paper relates that some may have felt the work liberating, as the woman in the first photograph suggests, some may have been worried and alienated by the work, as the second photograph implies, and some women may have found a way to still be connected and involved with their families, as the third photograph suggests. The paper concludes that the photographs show the strength and determination of women to make the best of any situation.

From the Paper:

"In the first photograph, taken in May of 1938, a woman sharecropper is working at a Southeast Missouri farm. She is petite and stylish, with a quality of timeless beauty that suggests both her strength and her determination. She wears a straw hat, a button down shirt, and just the waist of her dark pants or jeans are visible. Gloves adorn her hands, and she holds the handle of a rake or a hoe. The expression on her face is not jovial, nor is it significantly sad or frustrated. Instead, she appears to be gazing at her work with intent frustration. Behind her, the viewer can catch a glimpse of a long track of farmland. Above her, the light and dark clouds combine to make the perfect contrasting background."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Lee, Russell. "Home and family of oil field roustabout. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. During periods of unemployment the woman takes in washing and ironing." Library of Congress. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?fsaall:6:./temp/~ammem_69AD:: (accessed December 15, 2008).
  • Russell Lee, "Sharecropper woman worker, Southeast Missouri Farms." The Library of congress, http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?fsaall:20:./temp/~ammem_HYnn:: (accessed December 15, 2008).
  • Lee, Russell. "Wife of Homer Sharer and the baby, one of five children. Former tenant farmers and hired hands. They are now living on unemployment relief in Easterville, Iowa." Library of Congress. http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/D?fsaall:4:./temp/~ammem_69AD:: (accessed December 15, 2008).

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