St. Paul Press recommends African Americans as farm laborers

St. Paul Press (Daily), May 16, 1863

Since the absorption of so many of the laboring class in the army, many of our farmers have found it necessary to reduce the quantity of land under tillage from the sheer want of hands to put in their usual crops, and even then, much of it has gone to waste from the deficiency of help in harvest time. Some of our intelligent farmers have already begun to look to contrabands for aid in this extremity, and if their native repugnance to a northern climate can be overcome, which we think very doubtful indeed, an importation of five or ten thousand negroes might be made with very great advantage to the State.

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