“ .…help came quickly. Lange sent the photos to her employer, the Resettlement Administration in Washington, prompting a quick response by federal bureaucrats who rushed food supplies to peapicker camp. She also gave them to the San Francisco News, which featured two wide-angle shots in a March 10, 1936, article on the hardship endured by harvest workers. On the following day, it placed the iconic Migrant Mother picture above an editorial on the New Deal agenda. The ensuring uproar was a catalyst that inspired John Steinbeck to write his most influential novel, the Grapes of Wrath.”
“I didn’t get anything out of it. I wish she hadn’t of taken my picture.… She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.” Admitting some pride in being the subject of a famous photograph, she concluded, “But what good’s it doing me?”
“ John Szarkowski once remarked that ‘one could do very interesting research about all of the ways that the Migrant Mother has been used; all of the ways that it has been doctored, painted over, made to look Spanish and Russian; and all the things it has been used to prove.’”
Joe Manning of Florence, Massachusetts tracked down the descendents of mill worker Addie Card at the request of Elizabeth Winthrop, whose book, "Counting on Grace" was inspired by a photograph by Lewis Hine. He’s now tracking down the stories and descendants of other children from Lewis Hine photographs.