These are amazing [1938 close-up photographs] of Cotton pickers in Lake Dick, Arkansas

Cotton farming was a major product at the Lake Dick Project in Arkansas but it was hard, grueling and back breaking work as can be seen in these photographs taken by Russell Lee in 1938.

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Young children often went to the cotton fields with their parents picking cotton lake dick8Young often children went to the cotton fields with their parents

Overseer of Cotton pickersOverseer of Cotton pickers

Day Laborers were hired as cotton pickers on the Lake Dick Project, Arkansas

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Some of the Day Labors picking cotton at Lake Dick September 1938

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This man lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was paid 75 cents a day for 100 pounds of cotton

This man lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was paid 75 cents a day for 100 pounds of cotton

This woman is dragging a heavy load of cottonThis woman is dragging a heavy load of cotton at Lake Dick

Day labors, and families return from a long day in the field picking cotton at Lake DickDay labors, and famiies return from a long day in the field picking cotton at Lake Dick

As dusk sets, the day laborers wait to be paid.day laborers wait to be paid

Cotton Pickers waiting to be paid

 

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