Did Emancipation bring freedom?
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December 1, 2010
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‘They come to school with singular diligence, week after week, bare-footed and bare-limbed, with garments ragged and thin, shivering over their lessons from cold and wet, but still persistent to learn.’ Most slaves had no education or practical skills to help them gain employment in the future, until the freemen’s bureau helped establish some education for slaves...
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It can be presumed that they knew what it meant in the literal sense, yet in practicality many were confused. Probably just as confused as their white Union counterparts. ‘They were constantly coming to us to ask what peace meant for them? Would it be peace indeed? Or oppression, hostility and servile subjugation?’
A major problem for freed slaves especially after the war was over was the whites in the South...
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