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Were Black Americans Made Free and Equal by the Abolition of Slavery, 1865-1915?

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While the formal abolition of slavery, even on the 6th of December 1865 freed black Americans from their slave labor, they were nevertheless unequal to and discriminated from white Americans for the next century. This 'freedom', meant that black Americans 'felt like a bird out of a cage', '' yet this independence from slavery did not equate to their complete liberty, rather they had been kept at destitute through their economical, societal, and political condition. After the shameful Americans were freed from their slave masters they did not have 'a penny in their pockets' and 'without a hut to shelter them'. This obvious lack a house, along with the fiscal funds necessary to support them [the freed slaves] and their families, along with the shortage of widespread Authorities support meant that many slaves continued to dwell in poverty, and in lots of ways, they could have been better off (economically), even had they been abandoned in bondage. Because of this, lots of Southern slaves 'had little option but to remain as paid labourers or to become sharecroppers working on the land as previously'. Sharecropping, which normally included the ex-slaves leasing land, resources, and a home out of a former landlord, working the land that is given to them, and then providing the landlord with off to two-thirds of the produce. 'This system maintained the black cotton manufacturers in an inferior position', which means that while they're 'officially free'; they're still stuck in the prior cycle of functioning for their previous masters, with no hope of escape for a better life. Though this is what most ex-slaves did, some, like Jourdan Anderson, who abandoned the plantation where he, was before being freed, with his family, 'would rather stay here and re - and - die' than to possess his women 'attracted to pity by...

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