Talk:Plantations in the American South

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If there is a section on the Planter, shouldn't there be a section on Workers?

Shouldn't slaves be mentioned in the introduction? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:10, 26 June 2015 (UTC)

Postbellum era[edit]

How did the plantation system change after the USA freed the slaves? Were the large farms still considered to be "plantations" thereafter - and if not, what do we have to call them?

Particularly, is there anything unrealistic about the depiction of plantation life in Disney's Song of the South? Or is the film's chief problem that it seems to portray antebellum plantation life, due to its failure to specify the decade it's set in? --Uncle Ed (talk) 17:49, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

The plantation system transitioned to sharecropping during Reconstruction. After slaves were freed, the plantation owners did not have the cash to employ free laborers, so instead they leased out small plots of land to former slaves, and ensnared them in relations of debt bondage.
The Song of the South page indicates Disney intended the movie to take place during Reconstruction, and the page also lists the criticisms of the film with a wealth of sources for further review. I personally cannot possibly imagine that the relationship between a debt-burdened tenant farmer and his former owner, the latter of whom is likely engaging in or tacitly approving the white supremacist masked night riders or unmasked vigilantes terrorizing former slaves and their political allies, could be as idyllic and uncomplicated as presented in the film. Not to mention a male former slave would live in fear of being lynched after false accusation of a crime, or that a female former slave could essentially be raped without consequence. -Furicorn (talk) 23:46, 25 August 2017 (UTC)