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Reconstruction In Daily Life

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  • 1. RECONSTRUCTION AND DAILY LIFE
  • 2. Many African Americans left plantations and started to travel They were in search of lost family members, economic opportunities and more freedom
  • 3. Ex-slaves could now legally marry and family ties strengthened http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1863/november/freed-slaves.jpg
  • 4. Most slaves went to school to learn to read and write Adults and children flocked to Freedman’s Schools http://www.emu.edu/news/images/freedmenlynchburg.jpg
  • 5. Many northern charities funded these schools http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/jah/91.3/images/edelstein_fig01b.jpg
  • 6. CONTRACT SYSTEM – a person that did not own land could contract to work the land for someone else who owned it http://newdeal.feri.org/survey/images/a3.jpg
  • 7. Without their own property, many ex-slaves returned to work on plantations They were paid for their labor http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/cabildo/cab9d.gif
  • 8. Ex-slaves could now chose the best contracts for jobs Very low wages were paid – some were cheated out of wages and benefits
  • 9. The drawbacks to this system made many turn to sharecropping SHARECROPPING – a worker rented a plot of land to farm
  • 10. The landowner provided the tools, seed and housing Sharecroppers bought food and clothes on credit at the landowner’s store, owning a lot of money at harvest time
  • 11. Often a farmer had to use one year’s harvest to pay the previous year’s bill Many sharecroppers were caught in a cycle of debt, they often owned more than they made each year
  • 12. http://websupport1.citytech.cuny.edu/Faculty/pcatapano/lectures_us2/sharecropping.jpg
  • 13. African Americans faced poverty and violent racism in the South Officially salves were given their freedom but in many regards things were still difficult in terms of living their lives
  • 14. KKK – KU KLUX KLAN – a secret group with goals to restore Democratic control and keep former slaves powerless http://www.binghamton.edu/ctah/images/worse.jpg
  • 15. The KKK attacked African Americans, burned homes and killed people Klansman scared people away from voting, Democrats increasing their power http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.loyno.edu/~seduffy/Misissippi_ku_klux.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.loyno.edu/~seduffy/amcivilwar.html&h=446&w=340&sz=70&hl=en&start=24&sig2=qAjWVKH0mPkHibkbjnllIA&um=1&tbnid=Ww_u6W9DyZ0QOM:&tbnh=127&tbnw=97&ei=AUcvRvStL5GmiQHFmP3nDA&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dsharecropping%26start%3D20%26ndsp%3D20%26svnum%3D10%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26sa%3DN
  • 16. THE END