Plantation Overseer. Mississippi Delta, Near Clarksdale, Mississippi Digital History ID 2656|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USF34-009596-C DLC
Annotation: The story in agriculture was particularly grim. Since 40 percent of all black workers made their living as sharecroppers and tenant farmers, the Agricultural Adjustment Administration (AAA) acreage reduction hit blacks hard. White landlords could make more money by leaving land untilled than by putting land back into production. As a result, the AAA's policies forced more than 100,000 blacks off the land in 1933 and 1934.
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