These are some house slaves, Harriet, Thomas, Little Boy Blue, and the Overseer, Sojourner. Harriet and Little Boy Blue's dad are hopeful for a bright future for their son. Sojourner weeps because she is so overwhelmed with the mistreatment of her people.
I wish day there will be a more better life for our boy! Change is gonna come.
Harriet and her oldest son, Abraham, are so excited now that the president has decided to start making life a little easier, along with the elder, "Big Momma". They are so ecstatic to have a chance at a free life!
Mr. President fin'ly set us free I thinks. My boys will get to grow up in a free world with them wites. They don't have to worry bout bein' worked to death like we did!
Now that Harriet and others are free, they realize that this is not really as pretty as it seemed. They were just so happy to be "free" that they did not think about life after the plantation. They had no money, no work, no shelter or anything else other than from the slave master.
Me too. I don' know what I'mo do now. I gots 3 boys and a baby to feed. What am i gon' do nah??1
I guess I never thought about where we was gon' stay or what we was gon' eat... or what we was gon' do for work. I guess I just wanted to be freed so bad.
The Freedmen were former slaves who were usually freed by law or the 13th amendment. Most stayed in the South rather than migrate to the North as they realized there were more opportunities there.
The Freedmen's Bureau
After the Civil War, 3 amendments, including the 13th, the 14th, and the 15th, were passed to help make life better for black. The 13th freed them, the 14th awarded them citizenship, and the last one allowed them to vote and be in office. When they were freed, many did not have funds or family away so they had to stay in the South.
Harriet and Little Boy Blue's father went on to legally marry and ran away to Maryland where they raised a farm and two smaller kids with Harriet's uncle Tom who bought his freedom with his father's inheritance.
Former President Abe Lincoln set the Freedmen's Bureau to help the Blacks and poor whites find relief when they were set free and helped support their education. When he was assassinated and other leaders came into place, other aspects came into play such as black codes limiting their lives again as "too many" were becoming free and economy was going down as the workers no longer worked. One man once said, "For we colored people did not know how to be free and white people did not know how to have a free colored person about them."
Also known as "The Bureau of Refugees", the Freedmen's Bureau provided food, housing, and medical aid for freedmen and poor whites as well as established schools and offered legal assistance for them. It also attempted to settle former slaves on land that was confiscated or abandoned during the civil war. However, the bureau was prevented from carrying out the programs due to a shortage of funds and personnel, along with the politics of race and Reconstruction.
After a while of segregation and more unfair treatment, the Christian churches split off from mixed to only black church since the freed slaves no longer had to be supervised during services. The black churches helped support the needs of the ex-slaves in education and tools they needed to survive the world of the white man as well as spiritual needs.
The Black Americans went on to live a life full of hatred from many whites but support to the cause from others. The largest hate group, the Ku Klux Klan, was formed in hatred and to "preserve the white race." Blacks today continue to face discrimination and unjust treatment legally and personally. But hey, life's changing!