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

Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration

Clarksdale, Mississippi

Life in the South offered few opportunities beyond the cotton fields, and conditions on the plantations were often reminiscent of the nineteenth century. Christine Welch, who was born on a farm and picked cotton as a teenager, summed up her view of race relations in her native Tennessee: "If a white man can't work you like a dog, like slavery times, he hates you." - Charles Denby, Indignant Heart: A Black Worker's Journal (Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989).

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Image ID: 1211907
Title: Cotton hoer near Clarksdale, Miss., June 1937.
Source: Dorothea Lange.
Name: Lange, Dorothea () - Photographer
Name: United States. Farm Security Administration () - Sponsor
Created: June 1937
Location: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: African Americans -- Mississippi
African American women
Clarksdale (Miss.)
Cotton pickers -- United States

Keywords: Cotton
Southern States - Economic Conditions
Welch, Christine
Women - United States
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