Children and old home on badly eroded land–The Bitter Years #11

Wolcott, Marion Post, photographer. Negro children and old home on badly eroded land near Wadesboro, North Carolina. Dec, 1938.

The Bitter Years, Wall 2 (Drought and Erosion)
Negro children and old home on badly eroded land near
Wadesboro, North Carolina.
December, 1938.
Marion Post Wolcott 50720E


The Bitter Years, in 1962, was Edward Steichen’s last exhibition as Director of the Department of Photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The images in the exhibition were personally selected by Steichen from 270,000 photos taken for the Farm Security Administration by a team of photographers employed between 1935 and 1941 to document (primarily) rural America during the Great Depression.

Image information:

  • Wolcott, Marion Post, photographer. Negro children and old home on badly eroded land near Wadesboro, North Carolina. Dec, 1938. Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000031123/PP/. (Accessed September 19, 2016.)
  • Call Number: LC-USF347- 050720-E-A [P&P]
  • Part of: Farm Security Administration – Office of War Information Photograph Collection
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  • Hilary Sep 27, 2016

    Sad state of rickets … desperate times for even more desperate people … not a happy thought at all – Hilary
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    • Mike Sep 27, 2016

      I actually didn’t identify that as rickets, but I see it now. Unfortunately, for sharecropper and tenant farmers in the South, the depression years made a hard life even tougher.
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