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  • n. A former or emancipated slave.


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  • One ex-slave working on a plantation in Georgia had a good question for his northern employer: What was the use of a man being free “if he had to work harder than when he was a slave?”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Escott tabulated all of the ex-slave interviews and found that 9.6 percent stayed with their master after freedom but were uncertain as to how long, 18.8 percent stayed for one to twelve months, 14.9 percent stayed for one to five years, and 22.1 percent stayed for more than five years.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The ex-slave Anthony Abercrombie remembered that one of his overseers was killed on the bank of a creek one night.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • The most famous black proponent of the work ethic was the ex-slave Booker T.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • As Sylvia Canon, an ex-slave from South Carolina, remembered many years after black people became eligible for incarceration, Times was sho better long time ago den dey be now . . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • One ex-slave no doubt shocked his white interviewers in the 1930s when he recalled the celebrations on his plantation after the master and mistress gave out presents to the slaves.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • For all the chat, he did not see human rights as extending to the revolutionary ex-slave state of Haiti.

    Roshonara Choudhry: a sad and misguided case

  • The ex-slave Olaudah Equiano, eager to learn what books have to say, would speak to them and then hold them to his ears, hoping they would talk back.

    The Whimsical Reader

  • The black 400″ of Washington consisted of fewer than a hundred families out of a black population of 75,000 in 1900, and centered around the family of Blanche K. Bruce, an ex-slave and former Mississippi Senator who served in Congress from 1875 to 1881, who was also the first Black American to serve a full term in the U.S. Senate.

    Social Washington: the “Colored” Aristocracy | Edwardian Promenade

  • Besides that, Archives staff will conduct workshops on the records of the emancipation in Washington, D.C., and ex-slave pensions.

    Free Civil War programs at National Archives


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