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The Matriarchs: 1937

The Matriarchs: 1937

July 1937. "Sharecropper's wife, mother of seven. Woman in doorway is mother of fourteen, ten living; fifty-six grandchildren. Near Chesnee, South Carolina." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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I live near Chesnee and am always fascinated by the numerous Depression photos from the area. I bet this lady is a Scruggs, since it seems at least 25 percent of the longtime residents, even back to the Revolutionary War era, are named Scruggs. A good second guess would be Martin or Cash. Graveyards in the area are chock full of those names.

Hope she made it

to "mother of eight."

Family Planning

What a wonderful thing birth control turned out to be for the women born after these two.


This was obviously before the "I have a headache" Era

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