Post Civil War freedwomen were majority SAHM.

Generally 1865 seems so long ago, but other times it seems like just a little while ago.

Apparently one of the definitely memoryholed bits of postwar slave history is that married ex-slave mothers refused to work the fields in vast numbers.  In some cases this led to paying the men a little more, and it also led to a general increase in direct arrangements with individual freedmen rather than mostly futile efforts to play plantation by negotiating with groups of ex-slaves.  But the men wanted to support their wives and their wives wanted to let them, and this was the case immediately post-Civil War.

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