Tag Archives: Georgia People of the Great Depression

Tony Thompson, Ex-Slave

Tony Thompson a man who was born in Slavery Greene County GA June 1941 Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website

One of the most important facets of the work done by the WPA photographers was their documentation of living survivors of slavery, who by the Great Depression were all elderly men and women. Many were glad to be able to tell their stories and we are lucky to have the visual and historical record today. This gentleman was Tony Thompson of Greene County.

Jack Delano/Library of Congress (June 1941)

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Greene County Fair, October 1941

Greene County GA Fair 1941 Ring Toss Game Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

When Jack Delano made these photographs one October evening in 1941 in Greensboro, America was readying for war and times were changing quickly. In 1941, the county fair passed for “high-end” entertainment.

Greene County GA Fair October 1941 Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Greene County GA Fair 1941 Recreation Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Fairs were one of the few places where African-American and white Georgians came together in public, without much attention to the Jim Crow laws that pervaded the wider society of the day, though restrictions were still in place in the broader context.

Greene County GA Fair 1941 African Americans Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Greene County GA Fair October 1941 Children Having Fun Photo by Jack Delano Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2014

Jack Delano/Library of Congress (October 1941)

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Turpentine Culture at Du Pont

Turpentine Worker Dupont GA African American Laborers Photo Dorothea Lange Courtesy Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

In the heart of Southeast Georgia turpentine country, Dorothea Lange captured a turpentine worker, broken from a hot July day’s work in the forests, and his wife looking out the window of their cabin. It’s a typical board-and-batten structure, common in the turpentine industry.

Wife of Turpentine Worker Dupont GA African American Laborers Photo Dorothea Lange Courtesy Library of Congress Georgia in the Great Depression Website Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2013

Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress (July 1937)

Here’s a “turpentine cabin” I photographed in Appling County last year.

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Turpentine Cabin, Fred Carter Road, 2012 © Brian Brown

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Plantation House, Near Eatonton

Dilapidated Plantation House on Piedmont Agricultural Demonstration Project Lands Eatonton GA Carl Mydans Library of Congress Brian Brown Georgia in the Great Depression Website 2013

Carl Mydans/Library of Congress (1936)

Mydans noted that this was all that remained of a once prosperous plantation.

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Scenes Around Hinesville, 1941

Hinesville GA Liberty County Front Poerch of General Store Texaco Gas Pump Jack Delano Library of Congress © Georgia in the Great Depression Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2012

Front Porch of a General Store in Hinesville

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Main Street Hinesville GA Liberty County Jack Delano Library of Congress © Georgia in the Great Depression © Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2012

Main Street in Hinesville

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Photo Both Soldiers Dog Hinesville GA Camp Stewart Liberty County Jack Delano Library of Congress © Georgia in the Great Depression Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2012

Camp Stewart soldiers at a photomat and novelty shop in Hinesville

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Gun Club Bingo Sign Soldiers Camp Stewart Hinesville GA Liberty County Jack Delano Library of Congress © Georgia in the Great Depression Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2012

Gun Club

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Beer Joint in Hinesville GA Liberty County Jack Delano Library of Congress © Georgia in the Great Depression Brian Brown Vanishing Media USA 2012

Paddie’s Beer Joint in Hinesville

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Delano notes in many of his photograph titles that a whole industry emerged in Hinesville to satisfy the needs and curiosities of soldiers coming to nearby Camp Stewart. Today, Fort Stewart is the largest army base east of the Mississippi River and continues to be the economic engine of the region.

All photos: Jack Delano/Library of Congress (April 1941)

http://www.stewart.army.mil/about/history.asp

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Alabama Family Hitchhiking Near Macon, 1937

Hitchhiking family in Macon GA heading back to Alabama July 1937 Dorothea Lange Library of Congress © Vanishing Media Georgia in the Great Depression USA 2012

Dorothea Lange/Library of Congress. (July 1937)

Lange noted that the father was a sewing machine, lawn mower and small engine repairman who had brought his family to Macon looking for work, but becuase the city of Macon required a $25 license for such work, he was forced to take his family back to Alabama.

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Chewing Tobacco

This iconic image, made in Franklin, Georgia, proves that the Southern stereotype of the rural poor white Cracker was alive and well during the Great Depression.

Jack Delano/Library of Congress. (April 1941)

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