Day laborers picking cotton near Clarksdale, Miss. Delta, in November 1940.
Vermont state fair
At the Vermont state fair, Rutland, in September 1941.
An aircraft worker checks electrical assemblies at Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif., in June 1942.
Child of a migratory farm laborer in the field during the harvest of the community center's cabbage crop, FSA labor camp, Tex., in January 1942.
Instructor explaining the operation of a parachute to student pilots, Meacham field, Fort Worth, Tex., in January 1942.
And the winner is ...
Winner at the Delta County Fair, Colo., in October 1940.
Going for a ride
On the ferris wheel at the Vermont state fair, Rutland, in September 1941.
Living quarters and "juke joint" for migratory workers, a slack season, in Belle Glade, Fla., in February 1941.
"Backstage" at the "girlie" show at the Vermont state fair, Rutland, in September 1941.
Nearly 50 trucks lined up outside of a starch factory, Caribou, Aroostook County, Me. Some had been waiting for twenty-four hours for the potatoes to be graded and weighed, in October 1940.
Three children sit on the porch of a house on the Bayou Bourbeau plantation, a Farm Security Administration cooperative, in the vicinity of Natchitoches, La., in August 1940.
Live Science newsletter
Stay up to date on the latest science news by signing up for our Essentials newsletter.
Jeanna served as editor-in-chief of Live Science. Previously, she was an assistant editor at Scholastic's Science World magazine. Jeanna has an English degree from Salisbury University, a master's degree in biogeochemistry and environmental sciences from the University of Maryland, and a graduate science journalism degree from New York University. She has worked as a biologist in Florida, where she monitored wetlands and did field surveys for endangered species. She also received an ocean sciences journalism fellowship from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.