A New Era in Texas
Sharecropping - A southern Way of Life-Olivia
When the Civil War was over, many former slaves had freedom. But that was all they had. They had no money, and no land. So they became sharecroppers. Sharecroppers are farmers who do not have any land. Instead, they farmed on somebody elses land. Many landowners had slaves before and now needed help farming their land. The landowners also provided the tools, animals and seeds that were needed. This was important because slaves did not have enough money to purchase these items. Sometimes the crops did not grow when the weather was bad or when there were droughts. When this happened, the sharecroppers could not pay the landowners for using their field . They would then get into debt and had to keep working until they paid back the debt. Sharecroppping continued thoughout the south for many years. Eventually Anglo-Americans also used the system to make their living. Because the sharecroppers part of the crop was often very small, many sharecroppers and their fammilies were very poor.
A Slave no More-Noah
Six Flags over Texas-Sarah
An End to War and Slavery-John Paul
For slaves in Texas, June 19, 1865, is a day to remember . this is the day that a man named Gordon Granger Announced to texas that the war was over and the slaves were free. This message took about 6 weeks to get around to all slave owners in texas. One year later, on Jun 19, 1866 former Texas slaves came together to celebrate there new lives. Families enjoyed parades, picnics and speeches. African Americans the joyful when they heard the great news. However they had to face many challenges with there freedom. Most e slaves did not have any education. they have never been allowed to go to school before. Most didn't read or write it was difficult to find jobs.Some farmed on their owners land and shared the money they made. Others headed north to find a better place to live. Life would be difficult for many years to come. the Confederacy had lost the war. Texas rejoined the United States on march 30, 1870. the texas Governor and the other state leaders had less power than before.