Cotton Tenants: 3 Families
by James Agee is the original reporter work of Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
. Focusing on 3 tenant farmers (now often known as sharecroppers) Agee brings a human face to people trapped in a feudal system. In its original publishing, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
sold just 600 copies, and was not famous until the 1960s. I was interested to see how this original work, only recently discovered among college archives, compared to the longer, more famous work. What emerges is Agee's objective reporting mingled with anger and compassion. There is more raw emotion here, throughout Agee's elegant prose. Click here to find this book on our Online Card Catalog.