America in the 1930s was, for many, a land of fear. Depression and drought sent farmers heading west from the Dust Bowl to California, the land where hope still lived. These were the "Okies" and "Arkies" that John Steinbeck wrote about in The Grapes of Wrath. Those days were recorded mostly in the familiar black-and-white photography of the day. But some color photography was done, too. The photographer Dorothea Lange was hired by the Farm Security Administration to hit the road and find the people and places that best defined the time. Her work, from the '30s and '40s, has has been gathered in Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43, published by Harry Abrams in conjunction with the Library of Congress.
Workers chop cotton on rented land in White Plains, Ga., in 1941.
Homesteader Jack Whinery with his family in Pie Town, N.M., in 1940.
ABOVE: M-4 tank crewmen at Fort Knox, Ky., in 1942.
LEFT: Dr. Schreiber gives a typhoid inoculation at a rural school in San Augustine County, Texas, in 1943.