African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Va., c. 1920-1930 (Ms2009-110)

Title

African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Va., c. 1920-1930 (Ms2009-110)

Subject

Sharecropping--Virginia.
Farm tenancy--Virginia.
Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
African American history

Description

These photographs depict the conditions of a tenant farmer known as Aaron working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr., estate in Clarksville, Virginia. These photographs, taken around 1930, show the conditions in which tenant farmers lived and worked during the Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt attempted to improve the conditions of farmers around the country with his New Deal legislation, making parity payments to landowners who were then expected to share these payments with their tenants; however, some of these landowners took the opportunity to keep the money for themselves. By the late 1930s, nearly forty per cent of all farmers were tenant farmers.Sharecropping and tenant farming were both developed after the abolition of slavery. Without a task force of slaves, it was difficult for individuals to farm large areas. In order to benefit both the former slave and the landowner, the owner would rent a piece of his or her land to a tenant for a price that was, many times, half of the crop or a significant amount of money. Farming was an unpredictable income, proving problematic for tenant farmers if their crops failed.

Abstract

This collection contains six black and white photographs of a tenant farm in Clarksville, Virginia.

Date

1920/1930

Identifier

Ms2009-110

Bibliographic Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: African-American Tenant Farmer Photographs, Clarksville, Virginia, Ms2009-110, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Rights Holder

Special Collections, Virginia Tech

Collection Tree

Ms2009-110_Photo6.jpg

A photograph of a tenant farmer known as Aaron with a horse. Taken around 1930, while Aaron was working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr.,…
Ms2009-110_Photo5.jpg

This photograph shows a tenant farmer known as Aaron and two other unidentified people on the front porch of a tenant house on the John T. Lewis, Jr.,…
Ms2009-110_Photo4.jpg

A photograph of a tenant farmer known as Aaron working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr., estate in Clarksville, Virginia. Taken around 1930.
Ms2009-110_Photo3.jpg

This photograph depicts the house of a tenant farmer known as Aaron working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr., estate in Clarksville,…
Ms2009-110_Photo2.jpg

This photograph depicts the tenant house of a tenant farmer known as Aaron working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr., estate in Clarksville,…
Ms2009-110_Photo1.jpg

Photograph of the home of a tenant farmer known as Aaron working a piece of land on the John T. Lewis, Jr., estate in Clarksville, Virginia. Taken…

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