Slave status after civil war?

How were slaves better off after the civil war then not better off. Im affirming in a debate that slaves were better off after the civil rather than denying it. So i just need a couple of facts thanks!

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  • Di
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
    Best Answer

    Pros

    Freedom to go where one please, keeping families together without fear of being seized as chattel for sale.

    Freed slaves were paid for their labor.

    Freed slaves could own land if they could afford it, otherwise they could become sharecroppers. However, that became another form of slavery to the landowner - if they couldn't pay the rent for their land, they were evicted.

    Cons.

    Freedom came at a price. In both the North and South, former slaves became a target for backlash. In Northern states, many people did not want slaves living there and taking jobs from them. Freed slaves often suffered at the hands of those who felt threatened by them in the North. One could say that freed slaves ended up suffering a new kind of indignity.

  • Helen
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    Everyone values freedom including slaves. Unfortunately, no provisions were made to help them adjust to their new lives. Many found themselves working as indentured servants with no hope of owning their own property and conducting their own lives. Other than concentrating on the freedom factor you'll have a tough road winning a debate. Regardless of North or South neither area was equipped to handle the numbers of slaves who were suddenly freed with nowhere to go. The Emancipation Proclamation was only a military tool to deal with the South not because of the issue that all men are created equal.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They changed the label slave to indentured servant and sharecropper. Caucasian people as well were financially abused (robbed without being cared for), for decades more. Having no destination, skill or means to go elsewhere, many stayed on.

    And today we're called wage slaves, living week-week. Miss one & you're in trouble. Miss a month & you're in a hole you may never get out of alone.

    Ah, freedom.

  • 8 years ago

    If you are asking about right after the war then they were worse off.

    Just look up Grants ditch and see how General Grant abused and worked slaves to death.

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  • Josh
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    They were free at least,But didn't have much of a chance after that

    One thing is for certain they had shelter and food in their belly's as slaves

    Just a messed up situation if you ask me

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They were no longer considered property after the civil war.However,it was still many years before black people were cinsidered human and even longer before they were given rights as American citizens.

    Today,African Americans enjoy the same loss of rights and freedoms that the rest of us do.Maybe your debate should be about civic participation.

    Source(s): Just my opinion.
  • Daisy
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    They were no longer property and could not be sold, nor could their children, wives, mothers, fathers be sold.

    IMO, it's disgusting that anyone would even debate that a human being might be better off a slave than a free man. Whoever is putting on this debate should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Chuck
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    on one hand, they were free from the bondage of slavery.

    on the other hand, they were poor & uneducated. Few had skills beyond cook, field hand, or maid. they were hated by white southerners and not like much better by northerners.

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    The were better off because they were FREE.

  • 8 years ago

    They couldn't be sold away from their families - or even at all.

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