Freedom Essay

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Fosl, Catherine. K’Meyer, Tracy. Freedom On the Border (Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 2009) 1-75. This book has some of the activists across Kentucky who helped make the change and to usher in legal equality for African Americans. Southern’s culture and politics had several features that distinguish it from much of the rest of the region, especially considering the eleven former Confederate states. What would the history of Kentucky look like from the perpectives of African American citizens? This book provides us glimpses of the frustrations and protests through the personal experiences of the African Americans. Kentucky relatively small African American population became concentrated in few urban areas of the state: Louisville, Lexington, Elizabethtown, and Hopkinsville. These cities were not bad as the other cities located in the southern parts. Ninety percent of todays Kentucky’s population remains white. Thirty-six of the county is 99% white. Although they comprised more than 20 percent of the state’s residents during Civil War time, African Americans constituted a mere of 6.9 percent. However, there was a decrease in the population due to many reasons. The end of slavery did not guarantee freedom or opportunity for black Kentuckians. It was hard for African American parents to explain to their children when they were really not allowed to attend cities Festivities. When going out to the shoe store, they were to enter through the back of the store. They were not allowed to try the shoes on. When the shoes were shown, they were

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