“Coosa Valley, Alabama. Signs of the times. The union enters the deep South”

By Irving Rusinow, May 1941

In spring 1941 the Bureau of Agricultural Economics hired photographer Irving Rusinow to photograph towns across the country. His photographs served as illustrations for a study of rural communities. Rusinow’s reference to unions may refer to efforts made to organize workers in southern states in the late 1930s and early 1940s—efforts that were largely unsuccessful.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Agricultural Economics (83-G-44509)