Historic photographs of refugees in 1937

The Flood in 1937 created many refugees who lost everything. They had no choice but to hit the roads and try to survive somewhere else. Below are some photographs taken by Dorothea Lange in May 1937 of Refugees near Memphis, Texas.  They didn’t even have a car.  Can you imagine how hard their lives were?

After the start of the Great Depression in 1929, President Herbert Hoover had commissioned the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1932. The purpose of the RFC was to lend money to banks and institutions to stimulate economic activity. RFC was also responsible for dispensing federal dollars in the wake of a disaster. RFC can be considered the first organized federal disaster response agency. It doesn’t look like there was much to help individuals who suffered and lost everything. The 1937 flood was particularly devastating  to American citizens still trying to recover from the Great Depression. Some just packed up and left everything behind as seen by these photographs.

A boy refugee from the flood, 1937, camp at Forrest City, Arkansas
flood victim

Family on the move during the flood of 1937, Ridgeley, TennesseeFamily on the move during the flood of 1937, Ridgeley, Tennessee

Family on the move during the flood of 1937, Ridgeley, Tennessee2

Family victims near Memphis, Arkansas 1937
Flood refugee family near Memphis, Texas3 May 1937

Flood refugee family near Memphis, Texas4 may 1937

Mother and child of flood refugee may 1937

flood refugee four miles from Memphis, Texas may 1937

Flood refugee family near Memphis, Texas5 may 1937

Flood refugee family near Memphis, Texas. These people, with all their earthly belongings, are bound for the lower Rio Grande Valley, where they hope to pick cotton2

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About Donna R Causey

Donna R. Causey, resident of Alabama, was a teacher in the public school system for twenty years. When she retired, Donna found time to focus on her lifetime passion for historical writing. She cohost the Podcast: Alabama Grist Mill and developed the websites www.alabamapioneers and www.daysgoneby.me

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is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
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is the continuation of the story. .

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