Nell Irvin Painter – Debt After Slavery

Occasionally the tenants cleared a little money after meeting both liens on the crop, but the overwhelming body of evidence points to tenants commonly coming out in debt. In 1879 Henry Adams compared notes with farmers from across Louisiana and found the same result – chronic indebtedness – despite relatively good cotton prices in the preceding years. Further he noted a suspiciously common agreement in the burden of debt per family, even though the sizes of the families and the productivity of the lands differed.

  • P.59, Exodusters – Nell Irvin Painter, ISBN 0-393-00951-3

Nell Irvin Painter

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