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Consequences of Abolition on Ex-Slaves

***** ***** the 13th Amendment

Most people view ***** abolition of slavery in a positive light. The 13th amendment is credited with end*****g slavery and involuntary servitude "except as punishment for crime where***** the party shall have been duly convicted" (NPS, 1997). Though the emancipation of slaves was at first viewed as a triumph*****nt success for the ***** it affected, ********** were many drawbacks. Most of the slaves th***** were freed did not embark on a life filled with the pursuit of happiness and *****om.

Instead many slaves actually struggled to survive and make ends meat in a society that still looked upon ex-slaves as 'second class citizens.' ***** *****ion of ex- slaves as second class citizens the many hardships they faced after passage of the 13th ***** are explored in greater detail below.

***** ***** experienced hardship after abolition. Ex-slaves own accounts attest ***** the difficulty a number of slaves had finding homes ***** jobs and protecting themselves from prejudiced ***** discriminatory behavior (Nichols, 1969). Whereas many slaves had grown up on plantati*****s where they had a roof to cover their head and consistent meals to eat, many found themselves forced out on***** the 'street' ***** nothing to rely on. Many had no job, no home and no educati***** *****y could rely on to find a reasonable way to make a living for themselves in the world.

***** opportunities that existed for most ex-slaves were *****t considered optimal. Most ***** were ***** viewed with a great degree of prejudice. Ex-slaves were not afforded ***** same freedoms as their white counterparts, and there were few people initially that stood up to represent the masses of ex-slaves that ***** been released so ***** ***** was adequate representation among them. Many were turned ***** and didn't know where ***** go or how to start ***** the ***** of a 'freed' m*****n. Some moved ***** Canada where they found the environment was less ***** and prejudice, though there ***** still discrimination even in Canada and Europe during the time of abolition (*****, 1969).

***** cultural gap also existed between the races that even today are considered unsettled and somewhat widespread (White, 1989). From a cultural perspective, the ideals and beliefs ***** ***** African Americans held dear were by and large very different from the cultural norms and ideals held by most white plantation owners and other white *****. Thus many freed slaves had to struggle ***** find ***** place in the new nation and settle themselves with***** communities that by and large ***** viewed them as outsiders or intruders. The comf*****t level ***** most ex-slaves remained largely unsettled, except when ex-slaves were among ex-slaves and whites among whites.

***** ***** were not freed into a world that welcomed them equally, and struggled for years over the issue of equality after ***** abolitionist movement (Moller, 2004). For the ***** part ex-slaves were confined to live in a world th*****t promoted segregation and separation. They did ***** ***** the opportunity

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