In 1956, legendary photographer Margaret Bourke-White was sent by LIFE magazine to the American South to document the hotly debated issue of segregation. She shot a monumental five-part series, “The Background of Segregation” in Greenville, South Carolina and focuses on the vastly differing lives of its citizens. In the photo above, Bourke-White captures the stark differences in the everyday lives of those who lived during this time.
Margaret Bourke-White: Segregation in South Carolina
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