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Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867Series 3, Volume 2: Land and Labor, 1866-1867$
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Rene Hayden, Anthony E. Kaye, and Kate Masur

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607429

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469611099_Hayden

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In Search of Landed Independence

In Search of Landed Independence

(p.874) 9 In Search of Landed Independence
Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867

René Hayden

University of North Carolina Press

The last chapter of this book looks at the wider picture of how former slaves and freedpeoples just wanted freedom and to determine for the first time how they lived and worked. The way they saw to achieve this was to gain access to land. Possessing land could enable them to separate themselves from former owners and avoid dependence on wages and hours of work. Control of land could offer a sense of permanence and a stake in the future. Freedpeople's desire for land was both deeply rooted and a response to new conditions. Those freedpeople who were able to gain access to land faced major challenges.

Keywords:   former slaves, freedpeoples, land, former owners, access to land

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