National Geographic : 1941 Feb
Photograph by Willard R.Culver Coming to the Commissary for Their "Furnish" at a Mississippi Delta Plantation Panther Burn, near Hollandale, has more than 2,000 negro employees who get rations every two weeks. These are charged against their year's "picking." After Emancipation, slaves were homeless, cotton rotted on the stalks, and there was even talk of importing Chinese coolielabor. Thus arose thesystem bywhich afamily was given an allotted acreage to grow cotton, "half-and-half and keep." "In bad years all I gits is them 'de-ducts'," mourned onecropper.