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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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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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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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Turpentine Industry in Statesboro, 1941

Tapping the furnace of hot rosin.

The naval stores industry was the only real industry in Georgia during the Great Depression.  When Jack Delano made these photographs in Statesboro in April 1941, turpentining was at its zenith, with orders pouring in to feed the war effort. By the 1950s, the industry was near its end, confined to a few scattered operations around the Coastal Plain.

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Filtering hot rosin through sieves.

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Filling paper sacks with hot rosin.

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Laying out bags of hot rosin to harden.

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

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Chain Gang in Oglethorpe County

The Georgia penal system had been under national scrutiny for nearly a decade when Jack Delano made these photographs in 1941. All Images: Jack Delano/Library of Congress. (May 1941)

I Am a Fugitive from a Georgia Chain Gang! was a sensational best-selling book by Robert Elliott Burns. Published in 1932, it recounts the dramatic story of the author’s imprisonment in Georgia and his two successful escapes, eight years apart, with seven years of freedom, business success, and emotional intrigue in between.

Burns’s book is full of sensational, lurid, yet mostly verifiable descriptions of mistreatment, brutality, disgusting food, and labor so unrelenting and exhausting that it left men in a stupor. As he soon learned from his wretched fellow prisoners that to leave the chain gang a man had to “work out, pay out, die out, or run out,” Burns decided to run out. He did so in June 1922, after serving only a few months’ time. Burns’s dramatic escape to Chicago was crowned by brilliant success in the publishing business, social recognition, and marriage. But years later when he proved an unfaithful husband, his wife, Emily, turned him in to the authorities. His arrest on May 22, 1929, caused a sensation in Chicago. Burns had never told Emily about his past, but she discovered his secret by opening letters from his brother, the Reverend Vincent Burns, an Episcopal priest.

Source: The New Georgia Encyclopedia: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-793

While the book brought national attention to the plight of Southern prisoners and was perceived horribly by the rest of the nation, such practices remained common in the South for another two decades. Delano’s curiosity was surely piqued when he came across these scenes in rural Oglethorpe County.

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Colie Smith Riding a Horse, Carroll County

Jack Delano/Library of Congress. (May 1941)

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