Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona. Cotton pickers improving their housing [. . .]

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    Full caption reads: Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona.  Cotton pickers improving their housing, from Santa Ana, Coleman County, Texas.  Lost their farm in 1937.  Worked on halves for one year, then went to day labor, driving tractor for $1.00 to $1.50 per day.  Blames crop reduction program and change from teams to tractor operation of larger farms.  "Never did pay a poll tax.  Would have paid if I could". Arrived in Arizona Sept. 1940.  Wife ill.  Now picking cotton, camping in private camp, paying $.75 per week ground rent.  Entire camp uses water and toilet of an abandoned nearby service station.

    Production date: 11/1940

    Photograph by Dorothea Lange

    Credit: National Archive, Record Group 83, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics, 1876-1959, Photographic Prints Documenting Programs and Activities of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics and Predecessor Agencies, ARC Identifier 522241/ Local Identifier 83-G-44072

    The Chandler Museum does not own this image.  The image was accessed from the National Archive on 1/22/13.  To use this image visit the National Archive website at

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