Land and Labor, 1866–1867

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Land and Labor, 1866–1867 examines the remaking of the South's labor system in the tumultuous aftermath of emancipation. Picking up where Land and Labor, 1865 left off, it covers the period from January 1866 to the onset of Congressional Reconstruction in March 1867. It depicts the continuing struggle of unenfranchised and impoverished ex-slaves to control their own labor, establish their families as viable economic units, and secure independent possession of land and other productive resources. Among the topics it addresses are the dispossession of settlers in the Sherman reserve of coastal South Carolina and Georgia, the reordering of labor on plantation and farm, nonagricultural labor, new relations of credit and debt, long-distance labor migration, and the efforts of former slaves to rent, purchase, and homestead land. The documents – many of them in the freedpeople's own words – speak eloquently for themselves, while the editors' interpretive essays provide context and illuminate the major themes.

1,070 pp.  Table of contents (pdf)  |  Index (pdf)

Land and Labor, 1866–1867 received the Thomas Jefferson Prize of the Society for History in the Federal Government.

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Selected Documents from the Volume