Planting Sweet Potatoes, Edisto Island, South Carolina, 1862

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Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, (LC-DIG-ppmsca-11398)

A critical discussion of this apparently posed photograph on Hopkinson's plantation (taken by Henry P. Moore, 1833-1911) is in W. Jeffrey Bolster and Hilary Anderson, Soldiers, Sailors, Slaves, and Ships: The Civil War Photographs of Henry P. Moore (Concord, New Hampshire: New Hampshire Historical Society), 1999, p. 78; see also, Ellen Dugan, ed., Picturing the South, 1860 to the Present (San Francisco, Chronicle Books, 1996), p. 35. The photo shows the "fanner basket," probably of African origin, used for rice and other purposes, in the lower right corner (John Vlach, The Afro-American Tradition in Decorative Arts [Cleveland Museum of Art], 1978), fig. 1). The LOC image is a photographic print on a card mount; the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (New York City) has a copy taken from some publication.