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Conflict and Remnants of Slavery on the South Shore

Darrel E. Bigham

in On Jordan’s Banks

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123660
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134741 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.003.0004
Conflict and Remnants of Slavery on the South Shore

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This chapter examines the impact of the American Civil War on the conditions of African Americans along the south shore of the Ohio River, particularly in Kentucky. Though the war brought mostly unintended change, the initial goal of preserving the Union was achieved. Slave-owners in Kentucky were forced to emancipate any slaves who had not already freed themselves after the war. The war also provided African Americans with the right to the self-selection of names, the legal formation of marriages and families, the establishment of more churches and schools and the creation of a free workforce.

Keywords: African Americans; American Civil War; Ohio River; Kentucky; slavery; emancipation; marriage; free workforce

Chapter.  9049 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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