By J. William Harris
Deep Souths tells the tales of 3 southern areas from Reconstruction to international conflict II: the Mississippi-Yazoo Delta, the jap Piedmont of Georgia, and the Georgia Sea Islands and Atlantic coast. although those areas at first shared the histories and populations we go along with the belief of a "Deep South"—all had economies in accordance with slave plantation exertions in 1860—their histories diverged sharply throughout the 3 generations after Reconstruction. With study accumulated from oral histories, census reviews, and a large choice of different resources, Harris lines those nearby alterations in cumulative tales of people around the social spectrum. Deep Souths provides a comparative and ground-level view of heritage that demanding situations the concept that the reduce South used to be both uniform or static within the period of segregation. by means of the top of the recent Deal period, alterations in those areas had ready the way in which for the civil rights circulate and the top of segregation.
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He found no buyers, and in 1877 he again tried farming, hiring Coy Ezell to work the Green farm for a straight $9 a month. Ezell promised to give Miller ‘‘all his time’’ and not go to his wife’s house more than once a month. Not surprisingly, this arrangement only lasted a month, and for the rest of the 38 1876 – 1896 year Miller made do with day labor. The results were no better than the year before. Miller put $35 worth of guano on the Green place and concluded that he had again lost money on it.
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. On his second plot, in Linton, Miller hired wage workers. For a time he paid George Speights, a black neighbor, $10 a month to work; then after Speights quit, Miller replaced him with Frank Renfrow, who worked for $8 per month plus board.
The process by which Syls Fork evolved from a slave plantation ‘‘under the absolute rule of an overseer’’ into a tenant plantation was by no means as smooth as Barrow’s article implies, and involved a considerable amount of conﬂict, though not 30 1876 – 1896 violence, in the immediate postwar years. In 1865 and 1866 Barrow kept on the same overseer who had run the plantation before emancipation, and the letters from that overseer cry out with his frustrations and exasperation with the former slaves.