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Color Blind, the Blog

Hard Times 4


Some say North Dakota has yet to fully recover from the Depression. The state population at the time of the 1930 Census was 680,000. The 2010 Census count was 672,591.

Some 6 percent of the state's residents fled during the Depression. From April 1935 to December 1936 the short-lived federal Resettlement Administration provided grants to farm families eager to pull up stakes and start anew elsewhere. In July 1936 these four farmers were photographed waiting for their grant checks inside a North Dakota Relief Administration office.

photo by Arthur Rothstein courtesy of the Library of Congress
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