When was slavery abolished in the US and what did freedom symbolize for African Americans?
Published Friday, November 23, 2007 by R. Edmondson | E-mail this post
In 1865 the United States officially put an end to slavery, this was a water shed period in the history of the United States and in the lives of the millions of African Americans who lived to experience freedom. It was during reconstruction that African Americans experienced levels of social and political freedoms and privileges that they could only dream of accessing before the Civil War. Freedom (along with civil rights and liberties) symbolized a new way of life for African Americans who for centuries were subjected to a life of servitude . Abolition of slavery meant freedom from: the separation of families, rape of women slaves by slave masters, beatings (and other punishments), working without consent, working for someone without wages, lack of access to education, white supervision during religious worship and the denial of marriage.Related Articles:What is the GI Bill of Rights?What was the reason for the US invading Iraq?What is meant by the term New Deal?What does the term Carpetbagger means?What is the meaning of the term Black Codes?Which States were part of the Confederate States of America?What is the Policy of Containment?
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