Slavery to Sharecropping: The Barrow Plantation Example

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  • 1. Slavery to Sharecropping The Barrow Plantation Example
  • 2.
    • Barrow Plantation Before the Civil War
    • The Barrow plantation in Georgia was known for cotton production.
    • In this 1860 map, you can see the “Big House,” the slave quarters, and the gin house, where the cotton gin separated the seeds and other small objects from the fibers of the cotton.
  • 3.
    • Post-Civil War Sharecropping on the Plantation
    • This 1881 map shows the location of sharecropping cabins throughout the plantation.
    • It also indicates which of the sharecroppers were originally slaves on the plantation.
  • 4.
    • What Do You Notice
    • About:
    • the changes in numbers and types of buildings?
    • the number of former slaves who are living as sharecroppers on the property?
  • 5. Think About It
    • The Barrow Plantation situation was not uncommon—that a number of ex-slaves chose the sharecropper option, from both an economic and a social point of view.
    • Why?