Looking Back at Reconstruction
A time from 1865 to 1877
Reconstruction was a confusing era.
The Freedmen's Bureau
We're JUST Getting Started.
Sharecropping and Tenant Farming
If all you knew about someone's work was that he/she worked as a farmer growing crops on land that wasn't theirs, and that they slept in households of that land, then you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Now, there were many very different things between the two: In the work of sharecropping, the freedman would usually provide labor on farms in return for a roof above his/her head, tools, food, and medicine. However, in tenant farming, the freedman would basically 'rent' land and a place to stay, and pay in cash made from using that land.