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May 1939. "Second and third grade children being made up for their Negro song and dance at May Day-Health Day festivities." Ashwood Plantations, South Carolina. View full size. Photograph by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.
August 1942. First snow of the season in the foothills of the Little Belt Mountains. Lewis and Clark National Forest, Meagher County, Montana. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
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