Chapter_16 - Chapter 16 The freedom of African Americans...

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Chapter 16 The freedom of African Americans won some economic gain, but without owning land they went into serious debt. It was an economic weak point for most black and white Americans. Reconstruction in the south failed former slaves’ positions while the country was concerned with other things. Former slaves knew the importance of land ownership. The Freedman’s Bureau helped many families obtain land, but most blacks could not afford the expense of keeping it up. Later, in 1866, most of the land was taken away because the original white land owners had taken an oath of allegiance to the Union to get it back. Sharecropping eventually led to tenant farming and finally to debt peonage. This put the former slaves into debt with their original white owners. Many things were happening while Reconstruction was taking place. Women’s suffrage was a major issue because the Fourteenth Amendment used the term “male” into the Constitution. Two major groups, American Equal Rights Association and New
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2010 for the course HIST 1301 taught by Professor Daniels during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas-Tyler.

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Chapter_16 - Chapter 16 The freedom of African Americans...

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