Effects Of Slavery On Black Families

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The family was fundamental to the postemancipation black community. Previous slaves made extraordinary efforts to find their family members from whom they had been detached under slavery. Widows of African American soldiers demanded survivors’ pensions, obligating the federal government to accept the efficacy of prewar relationships that slavery had tried to refuse. Freedom changed the relationships within the black families. Emancipation brought the idea to African Americans that “men and women should inhabit separate “‘spheres.’” African American women could dedicate more time to their families. Blacks left the white-controlled religious institutions and started to create their own churches. Methodists and Baptists were the two largest followings.

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