Branches Without Roots: Genesis of the Black Working Class in the American South, 1862-1882


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The transition of blacks from slavery into the post-war free economy, and the inevitable reorganization of the plantation after the Civil War, were two of our nation's most profound transformations. Yet surprisingly little has been written about how these transformations occurred. How did the sharecropping system evolve, and how did it help maintain the market after the war? What role did the emancipated slaves, their ex-masters, and the Freedmen's Bureau play in the reorganization of the southern economy? What were the ...