Plight of Liberated Slaves

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Plight of Liberated Slaves

* Former slaves worked the same amount of hours but were not provided with shelter or food*Some of them were able to work as sharecroppers and recieve 1/3 to 1/2 of the crops grown* Former slaves were excluded from working in factories in the South* They were paid low wages so they were unable to pay things like medical bills* Some ex-slaves were unable to find jobs so they were in debt and homeless

* Slaves worked 16-18 hour days* Many escaped from South to North* Most of the slaves would return within a few days or a week because they had no food*Fugitive Slave Act (1850)- runaway slaves were able to be returned to their masters


Plight of Liberated Slaves

By: Maddie Rogalsky

Before the War

* On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln declared all slaves free in states that refused to stop their rebellion against the Union. * Black Codes created in 1865 that prevented former slaves from truly enjoying their freedom in the south* Under the Black Codes, former slaves were unable to buy or sell property, make contracts, serve on juries, own weapons, and vote or run for political office* Forced to carry passes or some sort of proof as to who they were*Florida created a code that stated if a slave violated a labor contract they could be whipped by their employer


* Many former slaves starved to death because they were unable to buy food* Suffered from diseases such as smallpox and cholera* From 1862-1870, a quarter of the four million freed slaves, died from disease and starvation* The Bureau of Freedmen- intended to help former slaves by distributing clothing, food, land, and medical care* Bureau helped 500,000 of the four million freed slaves get medical attention

Works Cited"Abraham Lincoln | Biography - President of United States." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica. Web. 28 Apr. 2015."Freedman's Bureau." Freedmen's Education. Web. 28 Apr. 2015."Slaves in Cotton Field." Slaves in Cotton Field. Web. 28 Apr. 2015.

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