Chapter 15 Outline: “What is Freedom?” Reconstruction, 1865-1877 1. Introduction: i. What was Garrison Frazier’s definition of “freedom”? ● To Frazier, freedom meant “placing us where we could reap the fruit of our own labor, and take care of ourselves.” Do things on our own in the way we choose to do it. ii.What did Frazier say was necessary in order to accomplish this idea of freedom? iii.What was Special Field Order 15? How did it fit with Frazier’s idea of freedom? 2.The Meaning of Freedom: What visions of freedom did the former slaves and slaveholders pursue in the postwar South? ii.Why do you think Foner used this quote to start off this section of Chapter 15? 1. Escape punishment by the lash 2. Escape the separation of families and denial of access to education. 3. Escape the sexual exploitation of blacks women by their owners - and sharing in the rights and opportunities of American citizens. 4. They openly held mass meetings and religious services free of white supervision, and they acquired dogs, guns, and liquor, all barred to them under slavery. 5. Former slaves throughout the South left the plantations in search of better jobs, family members, or simply a taste of personal liberty. c. Families in Freedom i. What concept was central to the post-emancipation black community? ● The family was central to the post-emancipation black community. Former slaves made remarkable efforts to locate loved ones from whom they had been separated under slavery.
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- White people, American Civil War, Southern United States, Ulysses S. Grant, Reconstruction era of the United States