Three Women And One Man Hoeing In Field Digital History ID 2660|
Credit: Library of Congress
Media type: photograph
Museum Number: LC-USZ62-103813
Annotation: At the end of the 19th century, about a third of Americans worked in agriculture, compared to only about four percent today. After the Civil War, drought, plagues of grasshoppers, boll weevils, rising costs, falling prices, and high interest rates made it increasingly difficult to make a living as a farmer. In the South, one third of all landholdings were operated by tenants. Approximately 75 percent of African American farmers and 25 percent of white farmers tilled land owned by someone else.
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