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Tenant Farmers

After emancipation, many freed African-Americans continued to work the same land that bound them as slaves. In systems of sharecropping and tenant farming, a landlord allowed a farmer to continue to reside on and to work the farmland in exchange for a share of their crop yield and/or profits. In this video, project Karl McAlister describes how freed slaves and their descendants continued to live in the cabins as tenant farmers into the 1950s.

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