Picking Cotton, Mississippi, 1881


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Image Reference
Glazier

Source
Willard W. Glazier, Down the Great River: Embracing an Account of the Discovery of the True Source of the Mississippi (Philadelphia, 1887), p. 375. (Copy in Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library)

Comments
Captioned, "Negroes Picking Cotton"; a cotton gin is in the background. The author visited a plantation near Vicksburg in 1881. Although the scene depicted is post-emancipation, it evokes the labor of many thousands of people during the period of slavery.