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

March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson

Elizabeth Ofosuah Johnson | Staff Writer

March 14, 2019 at 01:00 pm | History

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Separation from Family

During the days of rebellions and forced freedom from slavery, each enslaved black was to fight for their own freedom despite having families or children. This was a disadvantage to several women and children who could not fight for or purchase their freedom. Several freed black men who through one means or the other gained their freedom were forced to leave their families behind as slaves both on the plantation and in the state. Freed blacks were not permitted to see their families and made deals with slave masters and merchants to purchase the freedom of their family within an agreed time. Many freed slaves who could not take the torture of being separated from their families or losing their families all together if not able to make the purchase, thus returned to slavery.

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