Final exam - 1 Describe the conditions for freed slaves after the passing of the 13th Amendment Remember to cite your facts and to give details Discuss

Final exam - 1 Describe the conditions for freed slaves...

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1. Describe the conditions for freed slaves after the passing of the 13th Amendment. Remember to cite your facts and to give details. Discuss new conditions in regards to laws, opportunities, migration, racism and education. "The 13th amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction"" (The House, n.d.). Not long after Union General William T. Sherman issue Special Order #15 to grant newly freed slaves land, it was swiftly revoked by newly appointed President Andrew Johnson after Abraham Lincoln's assassination. The Freedmen’s Bureau was created to help freedmen transition into freedman, but Congress did not provide sufficient funds or personnel for the bureau to complete this task. “To make matters worse, by 1866 bureau officials tried to force freedmen to sign labor contracts with white landowners—returning black people to white authority” (Hine, 2011). With this foolery, black men would be arrested if they refused to sign the contracts, and bureau agents pressured freedmen to accept unequal terms.

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