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Photos From the 1940s: Down and Out in Chicago
Chicago's Skid Row in the 1940s
Beginning in the late 1930s, the Farm Security Administration, part of the New Deal, sent photographers out into the field to document the effects of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression. The program became a launching pad for notable photographers like Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Jack Delano, John Vachon, and Gordon Parks. These photos also became an amazing record in the public domain of socio-economic conditions in America at the time. The Library of Congress preserves and maintains a collection of more than 165,000 photographs collected as a result of this program.