"What did they tell General Sherman and Secretary of War Stanton hear from the Negro, that he wanted most wanted? Land! “The way we can best take care of ourselves,” Rev. Frazier began his answer to the crucial third question, “is to have land, and turn it and till it by our own labor … and we can soon maintain ourselves and have something to spare … We want to be placed on land until we are able to buy it and make it our own."
What blacks wanted after slavery ended, in the words of the 20 black pastors that proposed what became 40 acres and a Mule.