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

Dorothea Lange/Farm Security Administration

Day Work

During the Depression, the migration out of the South was insignificant. Finding work anywhere was a challenge. Trapped in the South, African Americans often could rely only on day work. They traveled great distances for a day or a few weeks of work as cotton or strawberry pickers. These migrant workers travel from Tennessee to Arkansas to hoe cotton.

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Image ID: 1211908
Title: The last truckload of cotton hoers from Memphis bound for the Wilson Cotton Plantation in Arkansas, 43 miles distant, June 1937.
Source: Dorothea Lange.
Name: Lange, Dorothea () - Photographer
Name: United States. Farm Security Administration () - Sponsor
Depicted: June 1937
Location: Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Subjects: African Americans -- Employment
African Americans -- Tennessee
Cotton pickers -- United States
Cotton plantation workers
Houses
Roads
Trucks

Keywords: Arkansas
Cotton
Great Migration, 1940-1970
Migrant Workers
Southern States - Economic Conditions
Tennessee
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