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Tami Stockton, task 3A.Freed people were legally allowed to purchase land but with much difficulty. Since most blacks could not own land they rented from former slave masters. As payment, blacks would tend to their crops paying their owners about half of their revenue. Prior to the end of the war black families were often split up. Marriageswere separated and children were taken from their parents. During reconstruction, former slaves had the chance to reunite with their loved ones. For the first-time blacks were able to access education. Children and adults could attend school for a monthly tuition. Blacks began building their own churches to worship and practice freedom of religion. (Norton, 2007)The Freedman’s Bureau ran for four years and was established to aid in successful reconstruction. They were an agency offering help and resources to refugees of the war, including former slaves and lower class whites. In their active time the bureau contributed by building schools, colleges, providing medical services, supplies, and food. These were services and goods many blacks were experiencing for the first time. (Norton, 2007) The 14thamendment to the constitution guaranteed citizenship to anyone born in the United States. Former slaves were now considered citizens which was a huge step towards racial equality. As citizens, everyone was protected from unfair law enforcement under Due Process. The 14thamendment expanded on equal rights
and enforced the responsibility of equal protection on state governments.