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Rural North Carolina


Chester Smolski


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Smolski described this as being part of the "rural slums" of North Carolina. In the 1970s, rural North Carolina was poverty-stricken and held the larger populations of African-American families. This photo is an example of the economic distress and lack of resources in a poverty-stricken area.


Bibliography: "Small Towns Trends and Issues" North Carolina Rural Center, 2016, Accessed 28 Mar 2016.


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Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, MSS-0041, Special Collections, James P. Adams Library, Rhode Island College.


housing, slums, land use, rural, poverty