Katherine McIntosh is the four-year-old girl in this iconic, Depression era Dorothea Lange photograph, and she says her mother, Florence Owens Thompson, was ashamed that the family's destitution was publicized. McIntosh, now 77, tells CNN, "[Lange] asked my mother if she could take her picture — that ... her name would never be published, but it was to help the people in the plight that we were all in, the hard times. So mother let her take the picture, because she thought it would help…The picture came out in the paper to show the people what hard times was. People was starving in that camp. There was no food. We were ashamed of it. We didn't want no one to know who we were." [CNN]

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