The Pros And Cons Of Sharecroppers In America

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In general, the Civil War was one of America’s historical war and after the war many blacks wanted to know what lies ahead for them. They have been promise freedom, legal emancipation from slavery and economic opportunities, but majority of the blacks had no land of their own, they were unemployed, and didn’t have political rights and no protection (Robin D. G. Kelley, 2000, p. 3). However, many landowners had small farms, but they were short of laborers and they were looking for ways on how to supplement their slaves lost and they needed some field hands to farm their land for production. Therefore, this created a need and that void was replaced by sharecroppers which is defined as working for a piece of land by a tenant in exchange for cash …show more content…
In this agreement, this is known as free labor in which allow them to provide for their families and gave them the ability to sought greater justice by moving to different land when their contracts were up in one place (Robin D. G. Kelley, 2000, p. 4). The living conditions for the sharecroppers were similar to the conditions when they were slaves and under the wage labor sometimes the owners didn’t, but they believe this system was better than slavery and if they work hard and save enough money that they might be able to purchase their own land through the sharecropping system. The sharecropping system left many sharecroppers trap to working on plantations because most sharecroppers had no source of money until the end of the year in which they had borrowed from landowners or local merchants. The loans they had accumulated threw the year were known as “furnish” and this amount would be repaid at the end of the year and the landowners compared the value of the tenant’s portion of the crop with the sum advanced to the tenant during the season known as a settlement (Robin D. G. Kelley, 2000, p. 70). This system continued to enhance poverty because most of the sharecroppers came out either behind or barely even because the landowners knew most of them was illiterate and didn’t give them fair payment. Furthermore, when the farmers had poor harvest because of the bad weather during the season that they had to borrow at high interest rates ranging from forty to seventy percent in era when the rates fluctuated between four to eight percent (Robin D. G. Kelley, 2000, p.

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