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Consequences of Abolition on Ex-Slaves

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

Most people view the aboliti***** of slavery in a positive light. The 13th amendment is credited with end*****g slavery and involuntary servitude "except as punishment for crime whereof ***** 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, *****re were many drawbacks. Most of the slaves that were freed did not embark on a life filled with the pursuit of happiness ***** *****om.

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

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

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

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

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


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