Picking Cotton For the War Effort

Back in 1918 during WWI, the Homefront was doing their part. This included the children. The big thing to do was to buy “Liberty Bonds” from the government. At the time, at the Old City High School, there were two literary societies, the Dialectics and the Philomatheans. To raise money to buy Liberty Bonds, an area cotton planter agreed to pay the teenagers to pick cotton. They were paid for their work and the one who picked the most cotton got two pigs! The result was that each group was able to buy a $50 Liberty Bond with their earnings. Someone who was there snapped a few photos of the happy group and they can now be seen online:

https://www.loc.gov/resource/anrc.01734/

https://www.loc.gov/item/2017667719/

https://www.loc.gov/resource/anrc.01726/

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