After the Civil War, white planters and black laborers had to renegotiate their relationship without slavery. For many planters, this meant reestablishing positions of dominance over black laborers to maintain agricultural production and social power. For black farmers, this meant reconstituting their families broken during slavery and the War, and establishing community spaces to practice cultural values and avoid racist institutions that continued to restrict and limit opportunities.

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