Mississippi Delta Region



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This black and white photograph features a cotton field with rows of cotton ready to be picked. The photograph is attributed to photographer, Marion Post-Walcott of King and Anderson Plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi by the original owners of the photograph.

Marion Post Wolcott (June 7, 1910 – November 24, 1990) is known for her candid documentary photographs taken for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during America’s Great Depression. Joining Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, and other photographers who produced iconic images for the FSA, Wolcott documented America’s staggering wealth inequalities, its race relations, the poverty and deprivation experienced during the Depression, and the benefits to the population of federal subsidies and programs. “As an FSA documentary photographer, I was committed to changing the attitudes of people by familiarizing America with the plight of the underprivileged, especially in rural America,” she once said. Along with images of coal miners, farmers harvesting tobacco fields, and affluent spectators at the races, Wolcott also captured moments of transcendence, such as in Jitterbugging (1939), an iconic image of African Americans dancing in a club.

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Plantations; Pig farming

Geographic Location

Clarksdale, (Miss.)

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Format (original)

photograph: b&W

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Mississippi State University Libraries, Manuscripts Archives and Special Collections Division, Manuscripts Unit, Lucius Marion Lampton, MD Historical Images Collection, Mississippiana Collection, Clarksdale/Marion Post-Walcott Subcollection



Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version)


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Cotton Field at King and Anderson Plantation, Clarksdale, Mississippi