Cotton Tenants

Three Families

by John Summers, Adam Haslett, James Agee and Walker Evans

Cotton Tenants

Hardcover, 224 pages, Melville House, List Price: $24.95 | purchase

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Provides an unsparing record of three families surviving under the harsh conditions of Depression-era poverty in 1936 rural Alabama.

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In 1936, the writer James Agee and the photographer Walker Evans collaborated on a project for Fortune magazine, a profile of three sharecropping families in Alabama. On their return, Agee submitted a report to the magazine, which never ran and was thought to be lost. In 1941, the two published a book on the subject (Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, which became the classic account of poverty during the Great Depression), but it's only recently that the

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