The Agrarian Revolt in Georgia, 1865-1912

The Agrarian Revolt in Georgia, 1865-1912

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ...negro element of tenants in Georgia. In that state, share tenancy implies close supervision on the part of the owner; cash tenancy, freedom from such control. It has been well said that the passage of the negro from the former to the latter class "marks not his greater ability but his greater opportunity to declare his independence from the close supervision of the landlord." It is the escaping from supervision, not the larger opportunity of profits that the negro has in mind in shifting from the position of wage earner or share tenant to renter. The history of the normal negro agricultural laborer is about as follows. He begins as a youth working for wages. As soon as he has a family that can be utilized for field work he becomes a share tenant. Under the semi-compulsion of this system, he makes good profits, and, if he has any capacity for saving, can in a short time buy a mule and a few tools, and set up as a renter. So great has been the competition for laborers and so completely have the negroes had the upper hand in this matter, that negro wage earners and share Carver, T. N., Principles of Rural Economics (Boston, 1911), p. 232. Taylor, Agricultural Economics, pp. 269-270. Carver, Rural Economics, p. 232. hands have in many instances been able to achieve an independent position even without the inconvenience of having to save the small amount necessary to stock a renter's farm. In thousands of cases where there was not the slightest reason to anticipate success from the venture, landlords have been forced to sell to negroes on credit tools and work animals or to rent the equipment along with the land, and to set up laborers as renters. Being, in the mass, of low grade efficiency, the cash tenant begins getting in debt more

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  • Paperback | 44 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236928296
  • 9781236928290