During the Reconstruction Era from 1865 to 1877, Southern white people were segregated to a large extent between wealthy plantation owners and poor white farmers. Both E. B. Seabrook and a New York Times’ writer compare poor white farmers’ horrid lifestyles to freed slaves because there was an extreme similarity between the two. Although the slaves were emancipated as a result of the Civil War, they underwent economic hardships similar to poor white farmers in the South. In fact, the New York Times author makes the argument that the poor whites lived in a worse condition than freed blacks. - “The use of slave labor… tended to create a monopoly in the hands of the capitalists, and increased, in an almost insuperable degree, the difficulty of a poor man’s rising, but making nearly impossible the enlarging of his sphere of operations” (Seabrook). - “While the planter’s children were educated by tutors at home or in Northern institutions, the poor white’s children ran wild in ignorance. And there was no hope for better conditions in this regard. The poor whites without political power, had no prospect of ever getting any public rights or privileges” ("Poor Whites in the South”). - In 1865, “Black Codes” reinforced a system similar to slavery after it was abolished (Maclean) - limited freed blacks from voting and education funds were not provided for them (Foner) - limited their political rights and …show more content…
- Black families would rent farm land, and pay back a portion of harvested crops to the landowner at the end of each year (“Sharecropping") - Increased the South’s reliance on cotton (“Sharecropping") - The price of cotton dropped by nearly 50% from 1872-1877 (Mertz) - Increased poverty for freed blacks because the price of renting equipment was more than they were able to repay (“Sharecropping") - Debt/poverty forced freed blacks to sign labor contracts regarding exploitive sharecropping that deprived them of hope for improvement in life
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In 1858, James Henry Hammond proclaimed that “in all social systems there must be a class to do the medial duties, to perform the drudgery of life.” Indeed, Hammond estimated that slavery in the South was contributing roughly $185,000,000 to the total exports of the United States. The utilization of slavery was clearly beneficial to the economy, providing a justification for those in the South to continue imposing on African American slaves what was later criticized by Frederick Douglass as being a “…gross injustice and cruelty.” During the Reconstruction period, the downfall of the economy gave political way for “black codes” to force African Americans back to plantations, where plantation owners would find ways around their few rights and
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When sharecropping became popular, many blacks stayed on the plantations on which they had been slaves. In a way, they remained “chained to the soil” where they had spent their lives as slaves (Zinn 197). They lived in small cabins around the edge of plantations. Some were even still treated as slaves would have been (Horton 215). The sharecropping contract was signed for one year, but families were forced to stay for longer if they had any sort of debt (Berlin 324).
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.
This involves slavery and the old south between the years 1800-1860. In the old times when slavery was prominent, slaves used to bought and sold like goods and services been sold in the markets and stores. Slavery was more prominent and experienced in the south than any other part of the United States. In the south, the law stated that slaves should be called and defined as “chattel”, which is explained to be the personal property of their owners.
Evaluating Cruelty: Sharecropping and Slavery “After the Civil War, former slaves sought jobs, and planters sought laborers. The absence of cash or an independent credit system led to the creation of sharecropping” (Pollard para. 1). Sharecropping is the action of allowing workers, called sharecroppers, to work on someone else’s farm. This let former slaves find jobs; however, farmers found loopholes to exploit the former slaves. Because of this, the workers were rarely paid the amount they needed for their needs.
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Throughout history there has been many societies that have risen successful, but where there have been success, there is always conflict and problems lurking in the shadows. Some are solved by high authority, but when all else fails the people rise up and form reform movements. A reform movement is a kind of social movement that aims to make a gradual change, or change in certain aspects of society, rather than rapid or fundamental changes. Countless times the United States has experienced a vast history of reforms. In fact, reforms are a key characteristic, which allows the continued success of democracy.
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