Pictures Chronicle Poverty “In Our Own Backyard”

(CBS News) OHIO – Photographers Harvey Bristol and Dorothea Lange famously documented the plight of migrant farm workers struggling to survive the Dust Bowl days of the Great Depression.

CBS News national correspondent Jim Axelrod caught up with a modern-day photographer, Steve Liss, who is trying to open America’s eyes to another epic struggle for survival.

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Liss is a master photographer who has taken 43 TIME magazine covers. However, his latest subjects are a group that’s moved out of the spotlight: the 50 million Americans, millions of those Texans, who live in poverty.

Saying that he needed a sense that he was making a real contribution to make the world a better place, Liss founded the “In Our Own Backyard” project three years ago. Liss recruits photographers to travel the country and make the invisible visible.

Some of those photographers traveled to Texas.

According to, the Lone Star State has the 5th highest poverty rate in the country. Despite stereotypes, statistics show that most poor families with children in Texas are headed by a working parent.

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One Comment

  1. BryanJ says:

    This is not going to be popular in Texas, Land of the Republicans. They are not interested in seeing the reality of their economic policies. They would rather engage in meaningless esoteric debates about prayer in school or women’s reproductive organs.

  2. altha says:

    The person or people that wrote this article their not telling the TRUTH it’s more Latino and Whites live in the state of Texas, than Blacks. There are more Whites than Blacks living in poverty in Texas, whites will not tell the truth. As long as they put blacks out front they get news, but want put themselves out front and will not tell the truth. Where i live in Texas there are so many Whites on food stamps and welfare. So many lives in trailer homes i didn’t say double-wide. If blacks believe this shi# they need to see a doctor this is a LIE.

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