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History Final Exam 2 QUESTION ONE Discuss the role of free blacks in the United States prior to 1865. Free blacks made their way to the north and were given the opportunity to work in the Union military (Wilson, 2015). They did not serve as soldiers but worked on fortifications. They were received warmly to a point of being presented a Confederate flag by some of the women in the city; they marched out of the assemblage to the Dixie’s tune. Charles Tinsley was the group’s spokesman who made a speech noting their confederacy support. How did free blacks in the North differ from the South? Wilson (2015), free blacks were only technically free. In the south, where they posed a big threat to the slavery institution, they suffered by custom and law of the imposed restrictions imposed on the slaves. In the North, free blacks suffered discrimination against rights such as voting, freedom of movement and ownership of property. Despite this, they could access education and had the freedom of association. They also encountered the danger of being enslaved after being kidnapped. How did free blacks associate and blend into white society and/or the slave community? A free black would be considered as successful in some cases. These instances depended on the earning as well as keeping the goodwill of the whites within the community (Wilson, 2015). Many were forced into accommodation position as a matter of self-preservation. The outbreak of the civil war exacerbated these conditions. Some free blacks were in support of the union and also hoped for their victory. They wished for this with an aim of gaining a greater rights for themselves. In some instances, the free blacks supported the Confederacy publicly.
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  • Spring '16
  • PROF. AFFULO
  • White people, Slavery in the United States, History Final Exam, Hazen

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