Mexican Woman Cleaning Her Backyard. San Antonio, Texas Digital History ID 2696|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USF34-032491-D
Annotation: During the 1920s, each year 25,000 Mexicans migrated to the United States. Most lived in conditions of extreme poverty. In Los Angeles the infant mortality rate was five times higher than the rate for Anglos, and most homes lacked toilets. A survey found that a substantial number of Mexican Americans had virtually no meat or fresh vegetables in their diet; 40 percent said that they could not afford to give their children milk.
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