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Collection Reference Number GLC09375
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1870s 
Title Alabama woman writes to her cousin in Michiga
Date 22 August 1871
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Alabama woman writes to her cousin in Michigan about family news and her mother's illness, and how life has changed since Emancipation: "It does not seem possible that I could go through the same amount of labor and endure the anxiety and suspense of the past two months again. But one has not the most distant idea of what they can perform until circumstances forces them to exertion. Until our servants were freed, I was considered entirely too delicate to perform any kind of household work. And had any one told me that I could, or would in a few years, perform the entire work that was then assigned to two or three grown servants, I would certainly have thought them demented. But such is really the case.… Crops are splendid, where they were well cultivated; a great many freedmen have very indifferent crops, but owing entirely to neglect."
Subjects Freemen  Emancipation  African American History  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Women's History  Reconstruction  
Theme Reconstruction; Agriculture; Women in American History; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945