Saturday, February 11, 2012

Corn Shucking



Today's picture shows corn shucking time in North Carolina. The picture was taken in 1939 near Stem in Granville county. This picture was taken on a sharecroppers farm. Corn Shucking was a time of great celebration, and was usually accompanied by dances, feasts, and other festive get togethers. This tradition went all the way back to slavery, when the time slaves were allowed time for rest and celebration.

6 comments:

  1. There is enough corn there to keep them busy for quite some time. Plenty of time for swapping tall tales and singing.

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  2. Tough work..made for some sore hands

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  3. At the Arkanss Department of Correction I have seen 300+ inmates, in groups under shade trees patroled by armed guards on horseback, shucking sweet corn to be frozen for their winter meals. Working for days at a time as the corn ripened. They would pick in the morning and shuck in the afternoon.

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  4. Making hard work fun, what an old fashoned idea.

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  5. QUANDO CRIANÇA EU JÁ FIZ ESSE TRABALHO,EU E MEU IRMÃO ÉRAMOS ENCARREGADOS DE DESCASCAR E DEBULHAR O MILHO SECO PARA ALIMENTAR AS GALINHAS,ERA CANSATIVO MAS TENHO SAUDADE.

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  6. Oh, I would enjoy being able to listen in on the conversations.

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