Post Emancipation Of Slaves During The Reconstruction Of The South

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Post Emancipation Of The Slaves During The Reconstruction Of The South
Introduction
The emancipation proclamation of 1863 by President Lincoln ushered in one of the most difficult times experienced by freedmen. The following historiography shows how emancipated slaves were abandoned to suffer, die of hunger and exposed to racial brutality as whites sought to regain their positions as they existed before the proclamation. Many authors detail how freedmen suffered in the hands of both the radical and extreme whites who viewed African Americans as a threat to their supremacy. Many authors believe that the emancipation was not deliberate but a strategy to win the Civil War. This has been backed by speeches from President Lincoln and the consequent failure of the radical Republicans who were behind the emancipation proclamation to intercede after emancipation and during the reconstruction period. The ensuing suffering and death of many emancipated slaves characterized the reconstruction period. In addition to this, the government provided no help to the freedmen despite their contribution to the Civil War and development of the union. The passing of black codes, humiliation of blacks, lack of government intervention and racial violence show a union hell bent on regaining and backtracking the gains that freedman had accrued during the Civil War and the emancipation proclamation.
Historiography
Many authors as well as scholars argue on the fact that emancipated slaves faced…

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