Saturday, June 2, 2018

Where did the slaves go?

The subject was "I'm off the (Democrat) plantation."

I'm looking for someone to answer about sharecropping and secondly to answer, "Chicago."

I found this on "Where did the African American slaves go after the Emancipation Proclamation? (After they were free).?

See the problem in the question?

The answer voted best is this one:
well first of all, the Emancipation Proclamation did not neccisarily free the slaves, it just gave a moral purpose to the war. The 13th admendmant freed the slaves officially. Many slaves did attempt to find thier families, but as you can imagine this was very difficult. Most slaves just wanted to travel north (to free states) so they could avoid being a slave any longer, or even lash out against the south by battling in the war. The emancipation proclamation change their lives by giving them hope. It also lead to the 13th admendmant.
Hope this helped!
school yo.
Anonymous · 8 years ago
Wow. When you copy/paste as a quote, the misspellings are not underlined in red.

It's a very good answer, don't you think?

Then a second answer repeats the first, then this third answer:
Common belief has it that they went north looking for work - however, most stayed where they were, having no earthly idea how to live other than how they had prior to Emancipation. Many entered into share-cropping agreements with their former masters, basically doing exactly what they did before - only now they were paid a wage for their labor and were free to seek other employment. 
Some took up residence on land formerly part of big plantations that were broken up at the end of the Civil War. And some did indeed move away and sought out jobs elsewhere. Those were the ones fortunate enough to have marketable skills such as in carpentry or ironwork. Some had enlisted in the US Army and chose to remain. They were the so-called "Buffalo Soldiers" and a few distingished themselves during the "Indian Wars" that closely followed the end of the Civil War. It did take generations, and the task is not yet complete - but slaves and their descendants are closing in on complete equality. 
There's more but they don't go any deeper than this.


ken in tx said...

40 acres and a mule were offered to Freedmen in Oklahoma. The land was taken from the Cherokee and I think, Choctaw reservations because they had officially allied with the Confederacy and fought for them. I don't know where the mules came from. There are historically all-black towns in Oklahoma because of this.

ken in tx said...

forgot to check the email box.

edutcher said...

40 acres was the standard allotment in the South.

And most blacks stayed in the South. The Northern blacks were already there and made up the bulk of the Buffalo Soldier regiments.

AllenS said...

Pretty sure that the majority of blacks didn't leave the south to go north until WWII. Jobs being the main reason for the migration.

ampersand said...

A lot of people don't know what the Civil war was about. Although slavery was the issue ,the war was about maintaining the union. 2 slave states, Delaware and Maryland, were strongly allied with the North. 2,Kentucky, and Missouri, had southern sympathies but never seceded and West Virginia, a slave state, joined the Union during the war, and was an unconstitutional split at that.

The invention of a mechanical cotton picker spurred the largest numbers of the Great Migration after the late 1940s. The dems loved their votes but the dem aligned unions kept them out of all but the lowest jobs.

I worked with a stubborn and ignorant black woman who maintained the small room at the back of her apartment, the servant's room, was the slave quarters. The luxury building was built on Chicago's south side in the 20s.

edutcher said...

In answer to the quoted comments, My God, what drivel.

Most slaves stayed where they were. The ones in the North already were there, many of those were recruited into the new black regiments of the Regular Army, along with some vets of the Civil War.

As for the Emancipation Proclamation, it was a hustle. All this "it gave a moral purpose to the war" is a lot of nonsense. The biggest real impetus for the war was the protective tariff which was levied against imported manufactured goods from Europe, and was intended to protect Northern industrialists.

It was also the prime source of revenue for the Feds.

Since most of the money from it came from the South, when the states seceded, Lincoln found he didn't have the money to pursue the war even with that, he had to go to the big money Abolitionists and their price was freeing the slaves, although Lincoln pulled a weasel and limited it to area controlled by the Union Army.