This is a photograph of an unidentified woman, likely a resident from the “Eighty Acres” neighborhood, preparing food. The image’s original description states the woman is a farm laborer's wife preparing a meal, “Eighty Acres”, Glassboro, NJ. We are not certain this description is accurate.The woman also seems to appear in Woman cooking at “Eighty Acres” and Unidentified female, “Eighty Acres” neighborhood.
The image was captured by photographer Arthur Rothstein for a national photography project by the Farm Security Administration, a New Deal agency charged with combating rural poverty. At the time the agency was controversial due to its efforts to purchase land owned by poor farmers and then relocate these families on government-owned land forming a farming collective.
The photography project was managed by a succession of government agencies, including the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944). The project captured approximately 175,000 images of rural America from 1935 to 1944, which is partially available online through the Library of Congress.
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