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Wood, L. F., Sharecropping Agreement with Fifteen Freedmen and Freedwomen on the Mount Hope Plantation, Mississippi, 1865 May 25-August 23

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a sharecropping agreement between L. F. Wood of the Mount Hope Plantation in Jefferson County, Mississippi, and fifteen freedmen and freedwomen. The contract is signed by Wood, two witnesses, and the freedmen and freedwomen by mark and dated May 25, 1865. Names listed include Isham Bass (46), Robert Bass (15), Richard Thompson (46), Eliza Thompson (45), Daniel Thompson (15), Emeline Darnald (38), Hager Curtis (52), Prince Miller (17), Minda Miller (28), Rachel Williams (46), Matilda Fitzgerald (21), Edward Johnson (40), Hester Johnson (30), Cornelia Griffin (18), and Perry Christmas (19).

In this document, signed weeks after the close of the American Civil War, these laborers agree to work as sharecroppers on the plantation on which they were formerly enslaved for 10 hours per day, 5 days per week, for the remainder of the year. The plantation owner agrees to "furnish the said freedmen with food & clothes to the extent of my means, also to allow said freedmen the use of teams & plantation utensils to cultivate their respective crops." Each freedman and freedwoman is also given "one to three acres of land to cultivate on his or her own account."

The terms of this agreement were enforced by Union troops; the docketing on verso is signed by the county's lieutenant and sub-commander of freedmen, who certified to "the within contract being in conformity to Gen. Order No. 34." A tax of $33 was noted as paid through August 23 on eleven remaining "hands."


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator, with unattributed materials at the end.

Collection History


AM 2018-103

Purchase, 2018 .


The collection is open and will continue to grow.


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lisa Yankowitz during the summer and fall of 2010 . The finding aid was written by Lisa Yankowitz in January 2011 and is regularly updated with new acquisitions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, and Armando Suárez.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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Credit this material:

Wood, L. F., Sharecropping Agreement with Fifteen Freedmen and Freedwomen on the Mount Hope Plantation, Mississippi; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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