Former slaves gather crops in Missouri

The Answer to the question, What shall be done with the freed negro? Seems to be given already by passing events. A Missouri gentleman in Cincinnati, among others from that State, says many of the slave-holders have been obliged to hire their negroes to work or to gather their crops. They have been compelled to cease flogging, for it is very easy for negroes to run away now, and not easy to catch them. The negroes are ready to work for pay, but they refuse to work for nothing. He scouts the idea of the negroes going North.

                                          (Liberator, November 7, 1862, pg 3)