Historic Images of African-American Life During the Depression

Black History Month, Farm Security Administration
Jack Delano / FSA / OWI / Library of Congress

Migrant workers travel from Florida to New Jersey to harvest potatoes. African Americans were particularly devastated by the Great Depression when work and food were scarce. They became part of a major migratory cycle in which laborers started down south in the spring, worked their way north, completed the fall harvest and then returned to Florida to begin the cycle again.

Get the Latest Photos from Time.com
Get TIME photos and pictures of the week delivered directly to your inbox.