A 1938 photograph of Ma Burnham taken by American photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Seen and photographed on display from the American Country Woman Series at the Oakland Museum of California (OCMA) in Oakland, California.
During the Great Depression, in the late 1930's, Dorothea Lange and her husband, agricultural economist Paul Schuster Taylor (1895-1984), documented migrant farm workers and homeless drought refugees in a book they wrote entitled 'An American Exodus: A Record of Human Erosion'. Their goal was to create a book that would reveal the human dimension of the crisis to the American people and, hopefully, prompt government relief. This photograph of Ma Burnham was included, along with a text written by Ma Burnham, in that publication,