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Southwest Pass, Mississippi Delta: Dredge pipe

Check row planting of cotton. A new process which has been long used in corn which practically eliminates need for hand labor at chopping season, just as a mechanical picker would eliminate the hand pickers at harvest. Mississippi Delta near Greenville, Mississippi

Negroes hanging around the plantation store. Mississippi Delta

Plantation overseer. Mississippi Delta, near Clarksdale, Mississippi

Negro church. Mississippi Delta near Greenville, Mississippi

Plantation cotton cabin (Negro). Mississippi Delta, near Vicksburg

Check row planting of cotton. A new process which has been long used in corn which practically eliminates need for hand labor at chopping season, just as a mechanical picker would eliminate the hand pickers at harvest. Mississippi Delta near Greenville, Mississippi

Lunchtime for cotton hoers. Mississippi Delta

Lunchtime for cotton hoers. Mississippi Delta

Interior of Negro church of the Mississippi Delta

Cotton hoers (day laborers) move from one field across the highway to another. Mississippi Delta

Lunchtime for cotton hoers. Mississippi Delta

School in center of the mechanized plantation area of the Mississippi Delta

A cotton patch in the Delta area in Mississippi. This area produces 500,000 bales of cotton annually

Interior of Negro church of the Mississippi Delta

A tractor pioneer of the Mississippi Delta. In 1927 he had 160 colored tenant families working his land, in 1936 he won thirty Farmall tractors and employs thirty families on day labor basis. He says, "Now I can make money. Hours are nothing to us. You can't industrialize farming. We in Mississippi know how to treat our niggers"

An abandoned tenant cabin of the Mississippi Delta

Lunchtime for cotton hoers. Mississippi Delta

Dog run cabins of the Mississippi Delta. This plantation has been mechanized and these cabins abandoned

Sharecropper of the Mississippi Delta. Issaquena County, Mississippi

Cotton hoers on the Mississippi Delta. They worked from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. for one dollar

Abandoned tenant house on a mechanized plantation of the Mississippi Delta

White laborer of the Mississippi Delta. Issaquena County, Mississippi

Abandoned tenant cabin of the Mississippi Delta

Mississippi Delta, on Mississippi Highway No. 1 between Greenville and Clarksdale. Negro laborer's family being moved from Arkansas to Mississippi by white tenant

Mississippi Delta, on Mississippi Highway No. 1 between Greenville and Clarksdale. Negro laborer's family being moved from Arkansas to Mississippi by white tenant

Mississippi Delta, on Mississippi Highway No. 1 between Greenville and Clarksdale. Negro laborer's family being moved from Arkansas to Mississippi by white tenant

Mississippi Delta, on Mississippi highway No. 1 between Greenville and Clarksdale. Negro laborer's family being moved from Arkansas to Mississippi by white tenant

Tanks of gas and oil for Delta and Pine Company, Scott, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Day laborer carrying sack of cotton from field to cotton house to be weighed, Marcella Plantation, Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Selling apples on main street on Saturday afternoon, Lexington, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

City jail, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Cotton pickers on Mileston Plantation. Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

An overflowing cotton house. Mileston Plantation, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Cotton pickers on Mileston Plantation. Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The Knowlton home, Knowlton Plantation, Perthshire Mississippi Delta Mississippi

Cotton bales to be shipped in freight cars, Knowlton Plantation, Perthshire, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Picking cotton on plantation outside Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Mileston Plantation store and post office. Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Day laborers carrying sacks of cotton from field to cotton house to be weighed, Marcella Plantation, Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Mules and new barn of Cube Walker, tenant purchase client. Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Baling hay. Marcella Plantation, Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

International cotton picker on Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Mexican cotton pickers inside plantation store. Knowlton Plantation, Perthshire, Mississippi Delta. This transient labor is contracted for and brought in trucks from Texas each season. Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Negroes brought in by truck from nearby towns as day labor for cotton picking. Marcella Plantation, Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Picking cotton in some of the poorer land. Mississippi Delta, near Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Interior of school on Mileston Plantation. School begins very late in the year and the attendance is poor until December because the children pick cotton. Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Tents of Mexican labor brought from Texas by contractor for the duration of cotton picking season. Hopson Plantation, near Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Interior of school on Mileston Plantation. School begins very late in the year and the attendance is poor until December because the children pick cotton. Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Saturday afternoon on main street, Lexington, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Some of the Negroes watching itinerant salesman selling goods from his truck in the center of town on Saturday afternoon, Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Rust cotton picker on Cloverdale Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Saturday afternoon, Lexington, Holmes County, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Saturday afternoon, Lexington, Holmes County, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Rust cotton picker in cotton field, Cloverdale Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Modern gin and dryer with cotton brought in from fields by a tractor pulling large truck instead of smaller wagons. Truck holds eight bales of cotton. Hopson Plantation, near Clarksdale. Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

International cotton picker on Hopson Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Livestock on Knowlton Plantation, Perthshire, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Weighing and picking operations on Nugent cotton plantation, Benoit, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi. The pickers are hired day laborers from Greenville, and receive seventy-five cents per one hundred pounds

Burned bales of cotton outside firehouse, Belzoni, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

Mexican labor is brought in trucks by a contractor for the duration of the cotton picking season to the Mississippi Delta. This is on the Hopson Plantation

Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Negatives

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Uncle George who has worked in the blacksmith and carpentry shop on Marcella Plantation ever since he left prison fifty years ago. Mileston, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

The photographs in the Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

Negroes buying secondhand clothing with the money they earned picking cotton. Clarksdale, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi