28 Rare Photos Taken In Florida During The Great Depression

The Great Depression was the longest and hardest economic downturn the United States has ever experienced, and Florida was no exception. Many families from all over the country were forced to migrate in search of work (which often meant low-paying, backbreaking labor), and to live in temporary housing or shanties made of whatever they could find. These photos taken by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI) tell the stories of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents who lived through these difficult times. Many of these images have to speak for themselves, but where stories were provided we included them below the photographs.

Life during the Great Depression was different for different families, with some enduring much worse conditions than others. Amazingly, even in the photographs of the most miserable conditions, you can still find many smiling faces and loving families. Although they can be hard to look at, these images help us remember what’s most important, even when times are hard.

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