Erosion in Macon County, 1937

This photo of erosion in Macon County was taken by Farm Securities Administration photographer Arthur Rothstein in 1927. Erosion became widespread in Alabama in the early twentieth century as a result of poor land-management practices, including excess tilling and repeated cultivation of crops such as cotton, which draw large amounts of nutrients from the soil.

Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division