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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

Carl Mydans/Resettlement Administration

Rural Poverty

Many who migrated from the rural South were escaping the direst conditions. During the 1930s, sharecroppers and tenants were among the poorest Americans, earning incomes far below the national average. In the mid-1930s, the median household income in the United States was $1,500; a study of employed sharecroppers in four Southern states found the average income of black families to be $294.

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Image ID: 1211906
Title: Children of sharecropper, near West Memphis, Arkansas, 1935.
Source: Carl Mydans.
Name: Mydans, Carl () - Photographer
Name: United States. Farm Security Administration () - Sponsor
Depicted: 1935
Location: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: African American children
African Americans -- Arkansas
Children of sharecroppers
Houses
West Memphis (Ark.)

Keywords: Children - United States
Great Migration, 1940-1970
Poverty - Southern States
Rural Life
Sharecroppers
Southern States - Economic Conditions
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