The Effects of Freedom and Reconstruction on Southern African Americans During the Late 1800's.

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After the Freedom Bell Tolls: The effects of Freedom and Reconstruction on Southern African Americans during the late 1800's. “For we colored people did not know how to be free and the white people did not know how to have a free colored person about them.” -Houston Hartsfield Holloway If one were to ask an African American person today how they view the abolishment of slavery, they would more than likely have nothing but positive things to say. For the most part, they would be correct. The abolishment of slavery was, and still remains one of the single most positive accomplishments within the African American community, and the world. However the positive effects of slavery ending did not come without consequences. During that time period of Reconstruction, African Americans faced many hardships in the movement towards their own cultural rebuilding. Although it was good that slavery came to an end, it was also a bittersweet time. After the Civil War southern states entered into what it now known as the Reconstruction Era, in which they worked to return the Confederacy to the Union and rebuild the southern economy. With the ending of the Civil War the Thirteenth Amendment was passed, abolishing slavery and giving African Americans a chance to also rebuild their lives now as freedmen. African Americans began working as sharecroppers and allowed the use of land in exchange for sharing their crops with whites. Other African Americans were free to relocate to Northern states, where they could find suitable work. African Americans began building up their own communities with churches and schools, doing their best to educate them self. A few black and white teachers from Northern states came to assist African Americans in furthering their education. As reconstruction and rebuilding continued, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments were passed,
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