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Two Boys Picking Cotton

Two Boys Picking Cotton by Ben Shahn. Alexander Plantation, Pulaski County, Arkansas. Schools for colored children do not open until January 1st so as not to interfere with cotton picking. Variant of image in Documenting America, 1935-1943 / edited by Carl Fleischhauer and Beverly W. Brannan p.83; Vintage Resettlement Administration image.
“Sentenced to hard labor for the rest of their natural lives, but not by any judge but by social conditions.”

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