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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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Land and Labor, 1866–1867

Land and Labor, 1866–1867

(p.1) Land and Labor, 1866–1867
Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861–1867

René Hayden

University of North Carolina Press

This section of the book looks at the prospects for the South after the winter of 1885–1886, a time which presented a broad field of possibilities in the slave states. For former slaves and their former owners, free labor remained unfamiliar ground. Brief though it was, the postwar debut of free labor had left a legacy of issues that would remain contested for the remainder of Presidential Reconstruction and beyond. Freepeople and their employers clashed. Former slaves complained about their treatment. The employers countered that the freedpeople worked poorly, resisted supervision, and behaved impudently. This was a period of much struggle.

Keywords:   South, slave states, free labor, Presidential Reconstruction, former slaves, freedpeople, employers

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