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Rules and Regulations for Leasing Abandoned Plantations and
Employing Freedmen.
1864
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This is a broadside for the Rules and Regulations for Leasing Abandoned Plantations and Employing Freedmen that was used before the Freedmen's
Bureau in the Mississippi valley. The economic goal of the United States Treasury Department was to get these plantations in operations, hire freedmen and
secure money for the treasury. George B Field was the Commissioner of Plantations in Vicksburg, Mississippi. If an owner of a plantation took the loyalty oath
they could occupy the plantation without charge except a 1 cent per pound tax on all cotton grown by them. The same tax would be applied proportionately to
any products of their labor. The formula for a leased plantation cost is in section V. Where freed people free? Note section VIII - All freed persons over the
age of twelve years who are capable of performing labor, will be required to work. X. Introduces sharecropping.