President Lincoln said provisions should be made to colonize the negroes in a climate congenial to them. Congress declared the black population of the sea islands no longer slaves, which although seemed like a major victory for the cause of emancipation, did not grant them American citizenship
In 1862, secretary of treasury Salmon P chase , with the help of Edward Pierce, spearheaded the free labor operation, which became known as the port royal …show more content…
Although the port royal experiemtn seemed great in theory, black men and women were not always as enthusiastic about the plan as their missionaries. Cotton production reminded them of when they were forced to work without pay, brutal hours under the lash of the slave whip.
Many of the slaves basic needs were unmet. Despit the change in status, the black communities on the sea islands had little to eat and were still badly clothed
Death and sickness was rampant as there was not good medical care and they were not always paid on time. Many people in the black population wanted to rebell
“We will work, you shan’t call us lazy. We will never work again for old mass and his whip. We only wanted to know if we were sure of our pay, it is so hard living without clothes a whole year. We get sick putting sea water in our hominy. And haven’t had our salt for so many months
Black men and women were willing to work however they did not want to endure the harshness of slavery ever again. They negotiated the terms of their labor by withholding their services if the union did not deliver on their