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J.A. Johnson's oldest daughter picking cotton in cotton field, Statesville, North Carolina.
The daughter of a sharecropper picks cotton in the cotton fields of Statesville, North Carolina in a 1939 in a photo by Marion Post Wolcott

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The Boll Weevil Honored in Alabama
December 11, 1919

By mid-1921, the boll weevil had entered South Carolina. The tiny pest played a big part in the economic troubles of Southern farmers during the 1920s, and particularly during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

As late as 1939, Farm Security Administration photographer Marion Post Wolcott, on assignment in Wake County, North Carolina, noted the damage that the insect caused. Why do you think the people in Alabama built a monument to this pest? One reason is because it forced residents to end their dependence on cotton and to pursue the farming of other crops as well as manufacturing.

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