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Consequences of Abolition on Ex-Slaves

***** of the 13th Amendment

Most people view ***** 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 for the people it affected, *****re were many drawbacks. Most of the slaves th***** were freed did not embark on a life filled w*****h *****e pursuit of happiness ***** **********.

Instead ***** 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 ***** citizens the many hardships they faced after passage of the 13th amendment are explored ***** greater detail below.

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

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

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

***** ex-slaves 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 most part ***** were confined to live in a ***** that promoted segregation and separation. *****y did not ***** the opportunity


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