Striking Mexican farm hands applying to the FSA for relief, California, USA, 1938.
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Mexican field labourers on strike during the cotton-picking season, applying to the Farm Security Administration for relief. Photograph taken by Dorothea Lange when working for the FSA as part of Roosevelt's New Deal. The FSA produced some of the most remarkable social documentary photographs of the 20th century in their attempt to produce an encyclopaedic record of American life between 1935 and 1944, employing such photographers as Dorothea Lange, Jack Delano and Ben Shahn.