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    Rural African American Life In The 1930s-40s

    These remarkable color photographs were taken for the Farm Security Administration between 1939 and 1941. They depict African American tenant farmers and their families living in the rural South during World War II. Despite the efforts of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU), living conditions were often deplorable.

    African American Tenant Home, Mississippi

    Marcella Plantation, Mississippi

    Day laborers picking cotton in Mississippi

    Marcella Plantation, Mississippi

    Fishing in a creek, Mississippi

    African American tenant home, Louisiana

    African American family, Louisiana

    Children on a porch, Louisiana

    Bayou Bourbeau Plantation, Louisiana

    Storefront, Louisiana

    Farm workers, Southern U.S.

    Chopping cotton on rented land, Georgia

    Cutting Burley tobacco, Kentucky

    Living Quarters and "Juke Joint" in Florida

    Migratory workers outside "Juke Joint"

    Migratory worker shacks, Florida