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Summary In the pronouncement of Special Field Order No 15 by General William T Sherman Sherman gave a pronouncement that slaves could have 40 acres and a mule since the owners of plantations in the South fled their land so the slaves can claim it as theirs The former slaves would raise the crops themselves and have the entire land as their own The Proclamation of Amnesty by President Andrew Jackson did not support Shermans idea of land given to the former slaves Jackson wanted to restore authority back to the US so he gave pardon to all the Southerns that rebelled against the union and he wanted their land to be given back to the owners General Rufus Saxton wrote a report concerning how the southern blacks would respond He wanted to fulfil the slaves hopes about getting land and he observed the positive side of getting the land to slaves He saw the former slaves make settlements they built schools churches roads and made vast improvements The Abandoned Lands by Major General Oliver O Howard talked about how Howard had to go to the slaves and convince them to give up the land back to the owners because of the Presidents new policy The Norfolk Virginian gave a statement about the Rebellion at Taylors Farm At Taylors farm a meeting was made and several former slaves and white plantation owners talked about Taylors farm and how the white owners wanted it back The former slaves said they would fight for it because of the pronouncement made my Sherman the land was rightfully theirs The Credit System by D Augustus Straker gave insight about the credit system that was created after the civil war to supposedly help the former slaves The system would give credit to former slaves so that they could get farming tools and food and etc Only the merchant that sold them all the items charged three times the actual price
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