Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
The Walla Walla Statesman editor suggests in his comments on this report that slavery was more beneficial to black men and women in the American south than freedom. The "peonage" referred to in the article's title describes the agricultural servitude of tenant farming - or worse. This postwar claim speaks to the Statesman editor's conviction that the war properly concerned saving the union and did not or should not be concerned with freeing black slaves or "making" them equal.
The Walla Walla Statesman reports the postwar economic status of freed black slaves.
Walla Walla Statesman
Walla Walla W.T.: R.R. and S.G. Rees
Vol. IV, No. 33, p. 1, col. D
Washington Secretary of State: Historic Newspapers