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Published: 06 April 1989

368 Pages

5-5/16 x 8 inches

ISBN: 9780195055757

Bookseller Code (04)

Branches without Roots

Genesis of the Black Working Class in the American South, 1862-1882

Gerald David Jaynes

This major new study draws on thousands of previously untapped sources and statistics to reconstruct the socioeconomic history of the antebellum plantation and the birth of the free black worker. Jaynes thoroughly reexamines the symbiotic nature of the sharecropping system for both planters and workers and analyzes the social and economic effects of sharecropping on the larger social structure.