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Tobacco bag stringing

1929–1939

Three women sitting on a bed stringing bags.

Tobacco bag stringing: Life and labor in the Depression

North Carolina Collection

Throughout the tobacco-growing regions of the American South during the Great Depression, individuals and families earned much-needed income by sewing drawstrings into small cotton tobacco bags. This website presents images and text from a report in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill documenting tobacco bag stringing work in North Carolina and Virginia in 1939.

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