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Freedwomen fought for greater freedom of movement between their household and family economies and the plantation economy, for greater insularity from the supervision of overseers and other hated figures from their recent past, and for freedom to make their own decisions about how best to allocate their time and their labor.*

From the holdings of the South Carolina Historical Society

**Leslie A. Schwalm, “‘Sweet Dreams of Freedom’: Freedwomen’s Reconstruction of Life and Labor in Lowcountry South Carolina,” Journal of Women’s History 9, no.1 (Spring 1997), 29-30.


Photograph of a Woman Gesturing in Front of a Rice Granary, Wantoot plantation