"Provides a wonderfully nuanced look at the actual lives of African American farmers over the course of the late nineteenth century."
—Georgia Historical Quarterly
"A valuable resource for those interested in the struggle of freedpeople in the South."
"A useful study of national policy implemented on the local level. Freedom obtained after the Civil War raised questions about the exact status of the former slaves and about how they would fit into the social and economic structures of the South. . . . As an integral part of this study, Holt emphasizes the important role that the freed women played in the transfer from a slave to a free society, showing that even though many histories ignore their role, their household production made a significant contribution to family well-being. This book is useful for a better understanding of the impact made by the Civil War beyond its military and political effects. It is also useful in understanding late-19th-century women's history and economic history."
"Highlights the role of household production played after the Civil War in advancing the economic condition of the freedpeople. It accomplishes this through painstaking and detailed research as well as innovative methodology."
—Robert C. Kenzer, author of Enterprising Southerners: Black Economic Success in North Carolina, 1865-1915
"Celebrates the vision and achievements of the first generation of freedpeople in North Carolina."
—Florida Historical Quarterly
Making Freedom Pay uses these highly personalized accounts of the day-to-day travails and victories of ordinary people to tell a nationally significant story of extraordinary grassroots uplift. That racist terrorism and Jim Crow legislation substantially crushed and silenced them in no way trivializes the significance of their achievements.
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