Freedom doesn't work like a magic wand. In this video, we'll take a look at life after Emancipation.
|U.S. History||Civil War and Reconstruction: 1861-1877|
There… that’s better.
Ever since we slaves were emancipated following the Civil War…
…we’ve been treated a little differently.
Southern whites aren’t exactly showering
us with apologies and inviting us to their poker games…
…but at least we’re being treated like people now.
For the most part.
Before the war, it was like we were teenagers without any of the rights and privileges of adults.
Except… it was sorta like we were always grounded.
Now, we’re recognized by the U.S. government as actual citizens.
We may still not be considered equals, but at least the government has elevated us above
the level of livestock. Legally, anyway.
Baby steps, I guess.
However, freedom has brought with it a slew
of brand new problems.
Slavery was dehumanizing and awful, but it did provide for our basic needs.
After all, our masters needed us to stay alive and healthy… so they could exploit us.
Some slave masters even allowed their slaves to be educated.
Of course, now they can’t afford to support so many paid workers, so most have been let go.
Which means no job, no house, and no guaranteed way to score a steady meal.
Emancipation? More like “emaciation.”
We’re free, which is great, but we now find ourselves in abject poverty…
…and there is very little employment opportunity being offered by white men.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think they were holding just a little bit of a grudge.
I’ve still got my fingers crossed that things will turn around and times will get better…
…but in the meantime, I could really go for a heaping plate of corn pone.
Or just about anything...