Life after slavery for African Americans
- The Thirteenth Amendment (1865) ended slavery, and slavery’s end meant newfound freedom for African Americans.
- During the period of Reconstruction, some 2000 African Americans held government jobs.
- The black family, the black church, and education were central elements in the lives of post-emancipation African Americans.
- Many African Americans lived in desperate rural poverty across the South in the decades following the Civil War.