Free and Equal, with Opportunities and Pains

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:
Free and Equal, with Opportunities and Pains

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This chapter examines the opportunities and challenges faced by African Americans who settled along the Ohio River after the civil war. The most immediate consequence of emancipation was mobility. This was followed by several other stages including the search for long-lost relatives, the establishment of legal existence, and participation in public life. However, right on the heels of those priorities were the challenges of dealing with homelessness, disease, violence, and finding a source of income.

Keywords: African Americans; Ohio River; civil war; emancipation; homelessness; disease; source of income; violence; mobility

Chapter.  11058 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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