Picking Cotton, Mississippi, 1881

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Image Reference

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)

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.