The Slum: A very common atmosphere and standard of living that the migrants were forced to live in.
Page 206 - "I have a little food...I have none.... We have a little"
This represented the migrant workers need to unite with their fellow men in order to survive.
Page 513 - "Ma studied him. Her hand went blindly out and put the little bag of sugar on the pile in her
arm. "Thanks to you," she said quietly. She started for the door, and when she reached it, she turned about. "I'm learnin'
one thing good," she said: "Learnin' it all a time, ever' day. If you're in trouble or hurt or need -- go to poor people.
They're the only ones that'll help -- the only ones." The screen door slammed behind her.
This shows that the only people that will give other people money and show kindness are the poorest people.
The unity of the lower class is also better defined in this scene.
During the 1930s, the United States Farm Security Administration hired Dorothea Lange
and other photographers to document the social devastation the Great Depression caused among migratory workers and sharecroppers.
This photograph, taken by Lange in 1936, captures the despair and determination of a migrant worker and her children. Lange’s
photographs from this period appear in An American Exodus, published in 1939.