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Peonage In The South

Peonage became a way of life in the South soon after the Civil War, with thousands of freedmen and poor whites being forced into involuntary labor contracts due to debts they owed land owners. These debts were often incurred from arrests on false charges such as "vagrancy."

Subject

African Americans | Peonage | Slavery

Creator

Records of District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

Criminal Case Files, 1865-1958

Date

May 1903

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 6 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 656749

Coverage

Montgomery (Ala.)

Original Format

Paper
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