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Consequences of Abolition on Ex-Slaves

Drawbacks ***** the 13th Amendment

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

Instead ***** slaves actually struggled to survive and make ends meat in a society that still looked up***** 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 ***** greater detail below.

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

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

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

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


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