Chapter 27 "I'm a good picker" During the depression, even children were forced to pick in order to help there parents make ends meet. An empty bag means an empty stomach. So many people wanted to pick cotton they ran out quickly. "Talkin" across the rows" In order to harvest the cotton, people had to drag these bags through the cotton fields, competing for the cotton. Advertised to hundreds of people, yet there were only a couple hundred needed. Signs became the downfall of many families. They came by the hundreds, all looking for the same job. The didn't realize that they weren't the only ones.