Sharecropping & Work
The relationship between ex slaves and landowners was hardly equal. This document reveals just what was required of sharecroppers from those they rented land from.
Martin Delany was a black soldier, journalist, writer and activist. While working for the Freedmen's Bureau, he drew up this model for a sharecropping contract. Compare it with the one above and consider the differences.
Born around 1863 and being in his 70s when interviewed, Arkansas sharecropper Henry Blake compares life for his family under slavery, to the new world of 'free labour'.