By Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall
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By 1878 the South had recovered its prewar share of British cotton purchases. But even as southerners grew more cotton, their reward diminished. Cotton prices began a long decline, as world demand fell off. Thus southern agriculture slipped deeper and deeper into depression. Black sharecroppers struggled under a growing burden of debt that reduced their independence and bound them to landowners and to furnishing merchants almost as oppressively as slavery had bound them to their masters. Many white farmers became debtors, too, gradually lost their land, and joined the ranks of sharecroppers.
General Sherman’s special Field Order Number 15, issued in February 1865, set aside 400,000 acres of land in the Sea Islands region for the exclusive settlement of the freedpeople. Hope swelled among ex-slaves as forty-acre plots, mules, and “possessary titles” were promised to them. But President Johnson ordered them removed in October and returned the land to its original owners under army enforcement. A northern observer noted that slaves freed in the Sea Islands of South Carolina and Georgia made “plain, straight-forward” inquiries as they settled on new land.
He further gained southern loyalty with his hostility to the Freedmen’s Bureau. Why did Johnson allow the planters to regain power? Perhaps vanity betrayed his judgment. Too long an isolated outsider, Johnson may have succumbed to the flattery of the pardon seekers. He was also determined on a rapid Reconstruction in order to deny the Radicals the opportunity for the more thorough racial and political changes they desired in the South. And Johnson needed southern support in the 1866 elections; hence, he declared Reconstruction complete only eight months after Appomattox.
A People and a Nation : A History of the United States , Volume 2: since 1865 , Seventh Edition by Mary Beth Norton, David M. Katzman, David W. Blight, Howard Chudacoff, Fredrik Logevall