Travel trailers were especially helpful during the Great Depression of the 1930s – see film and pictures

Prior to the Great Depression, trailers were used by vacationers as housing to travel the countryside.

During the Great Depression, these same trailers soon became the permanent homes of migrants and/or unemployed workers who were forced to take to the road in order to find jobs in cities across the country.

Trailer parks sprang up around urban areas to accommodate these new travelers, but many did not have proper sanitation for the families.

An elderly couple and their automobile home Eating in front of auto equipped with a bed; inside of a building. Oct 2, 1911 (Library of Congress)

Dresser in trailer of migrant home,  Texas Feb. 1939 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Child of migrant parents sitting on drop bed in trailer home. Weslaco, Texas Feb. 1939 (Russell Lee, Library of Congress)

Migrants expressed a fear of regimentation from various government projects, they heard that all food bought from FSA and eaten was prescribed by the government. (Library of Congress)


Discordance: The Cottinghams Inspired by true events and the Cottingham family that resided in 17th century Somerset, Maryland, and Delaware, colonial America comes alive with pirate attacks, religious discord, and governmental disagreements in the pre-Revolutionary War days of America.

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

All her books can be purchased at and Barnes & Noble.

She has authored numerous genealogy books.
RIBBON OF LOVE: A Novel Of Colonial America (TAPESTRY OF LOVE)
is her first novel in the Tapestry of Love about her family where she uses actual characters, facts, dates and places to create a story about life as it might have happened in colonial Virginia. Faith and Courage: Tapestry of Love (Volume 2)
is the second book and the third FreeHearts: A Novel of Colonial America (Book 3 in the Tapestry of Love Series)
Discordance: The Cottinghams (Volume 1)
is the continuation of the story. .

For a complete list of books, visit Donna R Causey

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