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The Way We Were: When cotton was king and Manchester led Industrial Revolution

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King Cotton | 1935, via Flickr. A weary young girl picking cotton, mother in the background (Arkansas), 1935. Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Them On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

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Truck full of cotton field pickers at the end of the day getting ready for the trip back home (Arkansas), 1935 Vintage African American photography courtesy of Black History Album, The Way We Were. Follow Them On Twitter @blackhistoryalb

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The Cotton Club was a famous night club in New York City that operated during Prohibition. While the club featured many of the greatest African American entertainers of the era, such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway, The Nicholas Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Billie Holiday, and Ethel Waters, it generally denied admission to blacks. During its heyday, it served as a chic meeting spot in the heart of Harlem, featuring regular "Celebrity…

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Cotton pickers waiting to have their cotton checked, Marcella Plantation, Mississippi Delta, Mississippi. 1939. Library of Congress.

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A little Georgia boy, in a basket of freshly-picked cotton bolls. from "SLAVES, EX-SLAVES, and CHILDREN OF SLAVES IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, 1860 -1900"

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ANGRY FLAME MAN << "ukulele rap boy" and "cotton candy prince." These are almost better nicknames than mr misty eyed and spooky jim.

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