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Week 5 The government did not prepare enslaved blacks for life after freedom. With no land and no name except the one tied to their previous masters, they were alone and turned “loose to the wrath of our masters”. The Special Field Order that allocated confiscated land was reneged, with established colonies of freedmen now turned back to working for their old masters. Many freedmen had no alternatives but to accept year long labor contracts and sharecropping later on that took advantage of them. A black soldier said, “They try to pull us down faster than we can climb up”. Assaults and murders on freedmen were happening incessantly, and neither the Freedmen’s Bureau nor the army could change the deep rooted sentiment that was established by the Dred Scott Decision and unaffected by black freedom : black rights were not respected
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  • Fall '10
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  • American Civil War, Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Freedmen’s Bureau, Special field order, deep rooted sentiment

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