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Unfair Agreements For African American Sharecroppers

608 words - 3 pages

The sharecropping agreements changed over the years however one thing never changed; the workers could offer nothing more than their ability to perform farm tasks that greatly favored the landlord. Thus the African American workers would always be in debt to their White masters. The labor contracts between the White landowners and African Americans were often negotiated multiple times to keep them in the labor system thus keeping the free laborers and increasing agricultural profits for landowners. The never ending work contracts and inability to never be able to generate enough money to may off debt, and violence all bonded the endless chains between the African American workers to their White masters during the nineteenth century
The contracts were not only ever ending but were also ever changing; many of the workers could read little of what the contracts actually read. Therefore the landlords could easily change the contracts conditions and terms. Punishment varied if the contracts were breached. The African American laborer in the Bibliography stated, “we had sold ourselves into slavery—and what could we do about it?” The White landlords had all the means of the justice system, monetary means and property to ensure the African American would indeed be unable to break the endless chains. In addition to the contracts other creative methods were used by the Whites to keep the African Americans in the labor system, if they were unable to pay their debts they were unable to leave without permission of the Whites.
The African American farmed was left to working in a system focused on enslavement through debt while the White masters benefited from their free labor. This made it nearly impossible for the laborers to be able to generate enough money to pay off their debts. ...

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