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A Golden WeedTobacco and Environment in the Piedmont South$
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Drew A Swanson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300191165

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300191165.001.0001

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Fire in the Fields

Fire in the Fields

Reconstructing Labor and Land Following the Civil War

(p.147) Five Fire in the Fields
A Golden Weed

James C. Scott

Yale University Press

This chapter examines changes in labor relations in Caswell, Halifax, and Pittsylvania in the first few years following Emancipation. Most local African Americans first moved from slavery to some form of wage labor and then on to sharecropping, shifts that reflected both struggles over racial control and the demands of bright tobacco, which remained the region's economic engine.

Keywords:   tobacco farming, labor relations, emancipation, Caswell, Halifax, Pittsylvania, African Americans, wage labor, sharecropping

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