Effects Of Sharecropping After The Civil War

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Out of the Emancipation Proclamation of African American slaves following the Civil War, grew the system reflective of the power and the ownership White’s exercise of the plots known as sharecropping. This system grew from the struggle between planters and ex-slaves on how to organize production. In the mid-19th century, white farmers began to explore the salt for fertile farmland. The slaves they bought with them, preformed the hard work that would turn the South into the richest cotton farming land in the world. Sharecropping and cotton production became vital in the southern economy. In the sharecropping system, sharecroppers worked in an assigned plot of the plantation land, while the landowners provided tenant workers with housing, food, …show more content…

Following the end of the Civil War, white southern plant farmers implemented the sharecropping system in the South. It was kept in place by an unjust political and economic system that exploited the labor of sharecroppers. This system in conjunction with segregation allowed for the exploitation of black workers by white landowners and farmers. By providing a steady and docile supply of socially subordinate cheap labor. This labor force was controlled by low wages and a lack of legal …show more content…

Although they were free from their masters they truly weren’t completely free. Turner essentially seemed grateful for the shelter provided to him and his family, even though they were being swindled by their landlords. African Americans during the late 19th and early 20th centuries felt as though they had no choice but to accept their injustices or else, they would be subjected to the punishments implemented by the system of white supremacy. They were aware of the consequences and punishments for being a disobedient “nigger”. These punishments include several unjust treatments. The main use of punishments many white people used was lynching. Their main purpose was to make an example of blacks who dared to act out. The fear of being homeless, destitute, and even being lynched deterred action from black sharecropping families. However, with many jobs opening in Northern cities, millions of negro families migrated leaving the South, sharecropping, and the cotton fields behind. After World War II, new technology essentially threw sharecropping families off landowner’s land. This put an end to the sharecropping system by the mid-20th century. Sharecropping and tenant farming continued in some parts of the South, through to the end of the 20th

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