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By J. William Harris

Deep Souths tells the tales of 3 southern areas from Reconstruction to international warfare II: the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, the japanese Piedmont of Georgia, and the Georgia Sea Islands and Atlantic coast. notwithstanding those areas firstly shared the histories and populations we go along with the belief of a "Deep South"—all had economies in line with slave plantation exertions in 1860—their histories diverged sharply throughout the 3 generations after Reconstruction. With examine amassed from oral histories, census reviews, and a large choice of alternative resources, Harris strains those nearby alterations in cumulative tales of people around the social spectrum. Deep Souths provides a comparative and ground-level view of background that demanding situations the concept the reduce South used to be both uniform or static within the period of segregation. by way of the top of the hot Deal period, alterations in those areas had ready the way in which for the civil rights circulation and the tip of segregation.

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In the pine lands upriver and in scattered settlements on the islands, black farmers increased the rolls of landowners throughout the coastal region. With their cash wages and the money they earned by raising their own small cash crops, they could earn enough to pay their taxes, buy new clothing and tools, and support a local church or school. Their land did not make most of them prosperous, and it provided them with only part of needed food supplies, but it did give them a crucial margin of independence.

They do show up on Georgia’s tax records, however. In Hancock County, for which the records are available, ninety-five adult black men, about 6 percent of the total, owned land in 1882; thirty-one black women also owned land. About a third of these holdings were one, two, or three acres. Small or not, they could be vitally important to the material and psychological welfare of many black families, providing vegetables and corn for the family table, eggs, chickens, and even a little cotton for sale to neighbors or in a nearby town.

Hobbled as he was, Miller could do little farmwork himself and, like larger planters, had to patch together a labor force. In 1876 he rented his new farm, called the ‘‘Green place,’’ to Bob Taylor, an African American who worked it with the occasional help of his pregnant wife. Their contract called for ‘‘halves’’ on everything—Miller to pay half the costs and get half the cotton and corn at the end of the year, a typical sharecropping arrangement. Miller advanced Taylor food and store credit and charged these against the final accounting at the end of the year.

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