History March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm

Why several black people chose to return to slavery after gaining freedom

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm

March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

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Expulsion Laws

As more and more blacks fought to gain their freedom, whites in societies where slavery was prevalent began to grow anxiety out of the feeling of being threatened by the slow but powerful development of the black society who were seeking an education, buying lands and starting black-owned businesses. In Southen America where slavery was predominant, Expulsion Laws were introduced into society. Through these laws, freed blacks were given exactly 365 days (a year) to leave the state in which they were once enslaved to start a life elsewhere. Passed in 1806, the act demanded that within 12 months a free black should have found a job, raised enough money to fully purchase their freedom and that of their family, make a home elsewhere and leave the state where they were once enslaved. The law was passed to benefit the white plantation owners, merchants and society as a whole knowing very well that a slave could not do all these within 5 years talk less a year. Left with no other option, several blacks who had run into serious debts in the first few months of their freedom willingly returned to slavery. While some returned to their former owners, others had to be put up for sale at slave markets and sold at a cheaper price.


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