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How did black people manage to survive the first 100 years after slavery?

Can you imagine: they were released with no money, no food or shelter, very few clothes, no education or skills into a mostly hostile environment. How did they make it? It may be an over-simplification to say they "found jobs in the north". ---They had to leave a warm southern climate with few warm clothes,many without shoes, no roof over them ,unable to bathe and no food to eat or water to drink while they searched for somebody who was willing to hire them, and I doubt that they got pay advances. LOUISE C:---No I didn't assume their labor was no longer needed. I assumed their masters could no longer afford them once they were freed. Their businesses were based on nearly free labor.

Asked By: big j - 2/1/2009
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You seem to be assuming that once they were free, their labour was no longer needed, but it was. Many of them continued to work as farm labourers or domestic servants for their former owners, who still needed their farms and plantations worked, and their housework and cooking done. However, many wanted to move on of... More
Answered By: Louise C - 2/2/2009
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Government aid, well to at least some of them
Answered By: Pepe - 2/1/2009
 
Some became tenant farmers and kept themselves alive. Some found jobs in the north. Some stayed where they were.
Answered By: Frosty - 2/1/2009
 
By breaking into wagons and such.
Answered By: Population Control - 2/1/2009
 
They retreated to the north were jobs were some-what easy to find for them.
Answered By: Jacob d - 2/1/2009
 
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