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Throughout the book, Agee and Evans use pseudonyms to obscure the identity of the three tenant farmer families. This convention is retained in the follow-up book And Their Children After Them. However Evans' photos that are archived in the Library of Congress American Memory Project have the original names of the photographic subjects.

Pseudonym Actual Name
Gudger Family
George Gudger Floyd Burroughs
Annie Mae (Woods) Gudger Allie Mae Burroughs
George Gudger Jr. Floyd Burroughs Jr.
Maggie Louise Gudger Lucille Burroughs
Burt Westly Gudger Charles Burroughs
Valley Few "Squinchy" Gudger Othel Lee "Squeaky" Burroughs
Ricketts Family
Fred Garvrin Ricketts Frank Tengle*
Sadie (Woods) Ricketts Flora Bee Tengle
Margaret Ricketts Elizabeth Tengle
Paralee Ricketts Dora Mae Tengle
John Garvrin Ricketts ??? Tengle
Richard Ricketts William Tengle (not confirmed)
Flora Merry Lee Ricketts Laura Minnie Lee Tengle
Katy Ricketts Ida Ruth Tengle
Clair Bell Ricketts ??? Tengle
Woods Family
Thomas Gallatin "Bud" Woods Bud Fields
Ivy Woods Lily Rogers Fields
Pearl Woods  ??? Fields
Thomas Woods William Fields
Ellen Woods  ??? Fields
T. Hudson Margraves Watson Tidmore (not confirmed)

* There is disagreement over whether the family name is properly spelled Tengle or Tingle. The Library of Congress's spelling is used here.

Pseudonym Actual Location
Hobe's Hill Mills Hill
Cookstown Moundville, Alabama
Centerboro, Alabama Greensboro, Alabama
Cherokee City, Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama

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