The Moral Qualities Of The Early Years Of African Americans

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Emancipation did not necessarily create a substantial life for African Americans. A few conflicting ideas that determined the moral qualities of the early years was de facto slavery, social aspects of emancipation, and political aspects of emancipation. The result of these concepts deterred growth for African Americans and white supremacy continued to take over the African American community. These conflicting ideas essentially exemplifies emancipation being a “process” and not a “moment”, because true freedom was a process overtime and not a moment that abruptly happened. De facto slavery continually grew throughout the earlier years of emancipation. This indicated that African Americans were not necessarily “free” because their surroundings prevented them to thrive the way they wanted to. Many blacks were not able to break free of white power, which was essentially what caused the idea of de facto slavery. For example, the Freedman’s bureau, was created to help free slaves establish new lives, and find land for African American’s to obtain after slavery. The problem was, “75% of the land was not fertile and land was horrible” (Class notes). A situation aroused when the Freedman’s bureau forced African Americans to sign a labor contracts with white landowners. This is a prime example of what drove the African American society to de facto slavery. African Americans were once again under the control of whites, and contracts were made so African Americans could not
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