Sharecropping In Reconstruction

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The Reconstruction Era was a significant time in the history of our country. The goal during this period was to bring about change and order after the end of the slavery and the Civil War. Unfortunately, some historians feel the era was simply a failure. They felt it did not capture its purpose and perhaps even left the country poverty-stricken and in a civil rights turmoil. One thing is for sure, the Reconstruction Era changed the lives of many. Following the end of the Civil War, thousands of black slaves were now freedmen but were left without a way to support themselves or their families. In addition, many of the former plantations had been seized by the government. The whole economy was halted. As one of the first acts of Reconstruction, President Johnson gave all previously seized land back to the land owners. This, however, left the landowners without a labor force. In an attempt to solve both problems of newly freedmen not having any work and land owners needing labor, the concept of sharecropping came into effect. It was believed that sharecropping would begin to rebuild the nation economically. Sharecropping was a simple concept. It was a system used by many farms after the end of the Civil War where farmers (often former slaves known as “freedmen”) worked the land owned by someone else for a small portion of the crop.…show more content…
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