Tobacco Farming in North Carolina in 1939

From 1937-1944, the Farm Security Administration (FSA) dispatched some of the nation's top photographers to capture the lives of farmers and farm-workers across the country.  While the images from the Dust Bowl out West were often heartbreaking, many of the images from the American South show sharecroppers in relative prosperity.  The photos below are from a collection of images from Person County, North Carolina in July 1939.

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Person County, North Carolina

A traditional sharecropper family on their homestead in July, 1939, just before cutting the tobacco.