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Consequences of Abolition on Ex-Slaves

Drawbacks of the 13th Amendment

Most people view the aboliti***** of slavery in a positive light. The 13th amendment is credited with ending 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 ***** the ***** it affected, there were many drawbacks. Most of the slaves th***** were freed did not embark on a life filled wi***** the pursuit of happiness and **********.

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

Many ***** experienced hardship after abolition. Ex-slaves own accounts attest to the difficulty a number of slaves had f*****ding homes ***** jobs and protecting themselves from prejudiced and discriminatory behavior (Nichols, 1969). Whereas many slaves had grown up on plantati*****s ***** 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 educati***** *****y could rely on to find a reasonable way ***** make a living for ***** in the world.

***** opportunities that existed for most ex-***** were ********** considered optimal. Most ex-slaves were still viewed ***** a great degree of prejudice. ***** were not af*****ded ***** same freedoms as their white counterparts, and there were few people initially that stood up to represent the masses of ***** that had been released so that ********** 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' m*****n. Some moved to Canada where they found the environment was less ***** and prejudice, though ********** ***** still discrimination even in ***** and Europe during the time of abolition (*****, 1969).

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

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

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