American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A man who has been freed from slavery.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A man who has been a slave and is manumitted or otherwise set free: as, the freedmen of ancient Rome; the class of freedmen created by the abolition of slavery.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A man who has been a slave, and has been set free.
- n. a person who has been freed from slavery
- From freed + man. (Wiktionary)
“A Roman slave on being manumitted was called a freedman (libertinus) and became a citizen.”
“The ranks of the army called the freedman to the rescue of his race.”
“A freedman is the proper person to carry a load on the street, not his patron.”
“To supplement the work of the schools and churches in the religious training of the freedman was the great and blessed mission of the W.B. H.M. Society.”
“This, unfortunately, is not at present the result of negro mental training, and it never will be, so long as the home-life of the freedman is the antipode of the schoolroom.”
“On the other hand the Freedman's Bureau acted as his guardian and friend, looked after his interests in contracts, prohibited the law's barbarity, and insisted stubbornly that the freedman was a man, and must be treated as such.”
“The freedman is a successful trapper and hunter, and has by nature an insight into these things.”
“Scamander's patron (as they used to call a freedman's old master) was next brought to trial, and with the same result.”
“They were ready when Emancipation came, and the amendments to the Constitution followed, to organize the "freedman," instruct and coach him, and place him securely into the Republican fold.”
“It was built for the colored refugees with a fund sent to General Saxton for this purpose by a ladies 'freedman's aid society in England.”
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