After Slavery: Educator Resources

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Unit Three Documents: Land and Labor

"Plowing in South Carolina," 1866, sketch by James E. Taylor,&nbsp;<em>Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper</em>, courtesy of Library of Congress.

Plowing in South Carolina, 1866, sketch by James E. Taylor, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, courtesy of Library of Congress.

Unit Three: Land and Labor outlines the challenges of implementing free labor ideology in the post-emancipation U.S. South, particularly in a context of "land monopoly," where small-scale land ownership was difficult to obtain. The Unit Three educational documents listed on the left feature excerpts of various primary source documents and first hand accounts that provide in-depth insights into struggles over land ownership and free labor in North and South Carolina.