Root hog or die, – these photographs show how the people of Missouri survived the Great Depression

This recording of Colonel Denoon, vocals and guitar. (performer) was recorded by Sidney Robertson Cowell in Springfield, Missouri in December, 1936

The Great Depression and drought hit the people of Missouri, the ‘Show Me” state, hard just as in other states. However, the people found a way to survive in the rural sections. Some of the ways they made do with whatever they had is pretty amazing. These photographs ‘show’ how life was in 1936 for many residents of Missouri. The photo of the mailbox is pretty ingenious and the one at the end ‘shows’  a sharecropper’s system for watering his stock that he made.

Nick Phillips, eighty-one years old with wife in front of house – Ashland, Missouri

Missouri game and arboretum project. Columbia, Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936Nick Phillips, 81 years old with wife in front of house. Ashland, Mo. Mo game and arboretum Columbia, Mo carl mydans 1936

Part of John Cain family who live in this three-room house near Ashland, Missouri. University of Missouri game and arboretum project by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936Part of John Cain family who live in this three-room house near Ashland, Missouri. University of Missouri game and arboretum project

Portion of family of seven in their cabin on United States Highway No. 60 in southeastern Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Portion of family of seven in their cabin on United States Highway No. 60 in southeastern Missouri Carl Mydans May 1936

Interior of Ozarks cabin housing six people. Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Interior of Ozarks cabin housing six people. Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936

Kitchen of Ozarks cabin purchased for Lake of the Ozarks project. Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Kitchen of Ozarks cabin purchased for Lake of the Ozarks project. Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

William Stamper and wife who have lived in the Ozarks for fifty years. Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936William Stamper and wife who have lived in the Ozarks for fifty years. Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Mr. John Miller, rehabilitation client, and work stock purchased with rehabilitation loan. Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936Mr. John Miller, rehabilitation client, and work stock purchased with rehabilitation loan. Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936

Handmade roller at farm. Cuivre River recreational demonstration project near Troy, Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936Handmade roller at farm. Cuivre River recreational demonstration project near Troy, Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936

Rural mail box on old wagon wheel. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936Rural mail box on old wagon wheel. Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri by photographer Carl Mydans May 1936

William Stamper, age eighty two, shaving oak sticks for chair braces in his workshop. Lake of the Ozarks passover area, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936William Stamper, age eighty two, shaving oak sticks for chair braces in his workshop. Lake of the Ozarks passover area, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Rehabilitation client and laying house built with rehabilitation funds. Dent County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936 Rehabilitation client and laying house built with rehabilitation funds. Dent County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Howes Mill. Near Meramoc Forest project area. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Howes Mill. Near Meramoc Forest project area. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans 2May 1936

Howes Mill. Near Meramoc Forest project area. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Howes Mill. Near Meramoc Forest project area. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Old store and post office built when a timber industry flourished at Stone Hill, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Old store and post office built when a timber industry flourished at Stone Hill, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Planting corn with hand corn planter in Meremac Forest project area. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Planting corn with hand corn planter in Meremac Forest project area. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Cut-over land plowed under for crops near Poplar Bluff. Butler County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Cut-over land plowed under for crops near Poplar Bluff. Butler County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Cut-over bottom land badly eroded through faulty drainage. Meramec Forest project. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Cut-over bottom land badly eroded through faulty drainage. Meramec Forest project. Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

Typical Ozark backwoods scene, a corn patch in rocky soil. Meramec Forest project area. Near Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936Typical Ozark backwoods scene, a corn patch in rocky soil. Meramec Forest project area. Near Salem, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

A melon field protected against insects. Mississippi County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936A melon field protected against insects. Mississippi County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

A sharecropper’s setup for watering stock. Mississippi County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936A sharecropper's setup for watering stock. Mississippi County, Missouri by Carl Mydans May 1936

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