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13. Southern Renaissance

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John Crowe Ransom - Selected Archive Items

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[3696] Dorothea Lange, Plantation Overseer. Mississippi Delta, near Clarksdale, Mississippi (1936),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USF34-009596-C DLC].
White overseer and land owner with black workers. Sharecropping initially appealed to freedmen because it promised benefits they had previously been denied. However, most sharecroppers ended up working in conditions that weren't much better than slavery.

[4704] Lewis W. Hine, Home of Mrs. Jacob Stooksbury (1933),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration [RG 142-H-174].
Family in living room of Lolston, Tennessee, home. The Southern Agrarians praised southern traditions, such as farming. John Crowe Ransom was known for using domestic scenes to deal with larger philosophical issues.

[7304] Anonymous, Clarence Darrow at the Scopes Evolution Trial, Dayton, Tennessee, July 1925,
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-15589].
The Scopes trial pitted John Thomas Scopes, a teacher from Dayton who had taught Darwin's theory of evolution in his science class, against the State of Tennessee. The case made national news, and the famed defense attorney Clarence Darrow was challenged by ministers to a series of debates on atheism and agnosticism. Critics of the South saw the trial as evidence of the region's lack of sophistication and progress.

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