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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 whereof the party shall have been duly convicted" (NPS, 1997). Though the emancipation of slaves was at first viewed as a triumphant success for the people it affected, there were many drawbacks. Most of the slaves th***** were freed did not embark on a life filled with ***** pursuit of happiness ***** **********.

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

Many slaves experienced hardship after abolition. Ex-slaves own accounts attest to the difficulty a number of slaves had finding homes and jobs ***** protecting themselves from prejudiced and discriminatory behavior (Nichols, 1969). Whereas many slaves had grown up on plantations where they 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 education they could rely on ***** find a re*****sonable way to make a living for ***** in the world.

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

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

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


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