Turpentine Camp

An Alabama family sits outside of a shack at a turpentine camp in this 1937 image by renowned documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. During the Great Depression, Lange and many other noted photographers worked for the federal Farm Securities Administration to document the economic disaster's effects on the rural poor. The Birmingham-based Southern Conference for Human Welfare worked during this era to raise the living standards of the South's impoverished citizens, with little success.

Courtesy of the Library of Congress