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

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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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If you haven't ever lived or driven thru the south, this is how cotton grows. I saw this scene while I lived in Alabama. In fall, the field looked like it had snowed but it had partially melted.

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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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"Young spinner in Roanoke Cotton Mills. "Said 14 years old, but it is doubtful. Roanoke, Va, May 1911"

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1938 Woman cotton picker dragging bag of cotton in Lake Dick Project, Arkansas

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