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This collection includes photographs of agricultural activities in Cannon County, TN that were taken by W.L. Clement, District Conservationist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, and his assistants between the mid-1940s and mid-1970s. They document the daily work of the farm families in Cannon County and the agricultural techniques promoted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the period. For an excellent example of scholarship that uses the photographs and interviews in this collection, see Savannah Ashton Grandey, A Less Conspicuous Landscape: A Local Study of Soil Conservation, Rural Progress, and Photography (MA thesis, Middle Tennessee State University, 2014). 

 
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