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Reconstruction Period Research Forum

Freedmen's Bureau: Labor Contracts

The freedmen's labor contracts, which the bureau assisted in drawing up, consist of agreements between freedmen laborers and planters stating terms of employment, such as pay, clothing, and medical care due the freedman; the part of the crop to be retained by him; and whether a plot for growing subsistence crops was to be provided. The reports of contracts made were submitted by subordinate officers. Here's more: http://freedmensbureau.com/labor.htm

Berkeley County, SC: http://www.africanaheritage.com/Labor_Contracts_BerkeleyA.asp

Book re: TN-- Freedom and Work in the Reconstruction Era: The Freedmen's Bureau Labor Contracts of Williamson County, Tennessee

As always, would love to hear of others' experiences with labor contracts in genealogical research. What have you found in your own research?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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