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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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