Were Slaves Free After the Civil War?

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Were Slaves' Free After the Civil War? When the slaves were liberated from their masters, after the fall of the South in the Civil War, what was the definition of the newfound freedom that they received? Many would say the same freedom as any American at the time was granted, but consider the lack of education and certain privileges that kept many people within the Negro community in a cycle of perpetuating poverty. In some respects the recently freed men and women were still slaves to the society due to their lack of understand of the post-war economy. One way of viewing the slave's newfound freedom is in the light that this freedom almost had an adverse reaction to what it was originally set in place to accomplish. Thus the slaves …show more content…
Laws like this were enacted to help to ensure the sense of superiority within the Caucasian population of the U.S.A. would continue, and help continue the cycle of poverty within the black race. They placed the status of the freedpeople somewhere between slavery and free, they restricted occupation, ownership of property, and access to an unbiased judicial system. These laws went so far as to allow local and state officials to impose forced labor upon "vagrants" who "loitered" or lacked employment, and the same for children who had parents who could not support them. Betrayal and hardships seemed to be a force felt throughout the states among the Negro community and they seemed to face new trials with every passing day, and with every group whom they once trusted. Yet, a sense of determination to persevere until freedom was won continued within the Negro community. During the war many slaves placed trust in the Union army to be benevolent and offer them the mercy and kindness which inspired many that there was hope for them to survive in the north on their own. Many union officers delivered the promise of fertile fields to slaves in order that they might set up homes and plantations and in turn become useful members of the
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