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Pros And Cons Of Labor

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Landowners and former slaves were often engaged in labor contracts, often these relationships were contentious and needed intervention by the Freedman’s Bureau (the contract was created and supported by the federal government written by the Freedman’s Bureau.) “Agreements between freedmen laborers and planters stating terms of employment, such as pay, clothing, and medical care due the freed men; the part of the crop to be retained by him; and whether a plot for growing subsistence crops was to be provided.” (http://freedmensbureau.com/labor.htm) Working relations between the landowner and the former slaves were tense. White planters tried immediately after the war to hire white workers for the field-work, but found them not to be good workers. White workers would work one or two days and quit.
Fair wages seem to always be argued, white farmers did not want to pay for the work produced by the black farmers. Thus, the Freedman’s Bureau had to negotiate labor contracts for those former slaves, both men and women, so that contracts and wages were fair. “The Bureau encouraged former major planters to rebuild their plantations and urged freed blacks to return to work for them, kept an eye on contracts between the newly free laborers and planters, and pushed whites and blacks to work together as employers and employees rather than as masters and slaves.” (https://quizlet.com/151653246/reconstruction-flash-cards/)
By 1872, Congress abruptly abandoned the program,
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