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Southern Tenant Farmers Union Photographs

  1. Cornell:1260 (Ockham)
  2. 8022841 (Voyager)

  1. Southern Tenant Farmers Union Photographs

  1. In 1937 and again in 1982, photographer Louise Boyle (1910-2005) created probing images documenting the living and working conditions of Southern Tenant Farmers Union (STFU) members in Arkansas and Mississippi. The union was notable for encouraging African Americans and women to join and lead integrated union locals, promoting non-violent tactics, and using songs, prayers, and rituals at meetings, drawing on the inspirational power of the Christian faith to which the majority of its members adhered. Images record African American and white farmers at home, during union meetings, and working in the cotton fields.

  1. CollectionStillImage

  1. Southern Tenant Farmers' Union --Photographs. (vocab = LCSH)

  1. Morley, Barb (curator)

  1. Southern Tenant Farmers Union Photographs database