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On Jordan’s BanksEmancipation and Its Aftermath in the Ohio River Valley$
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Darrel E. Bigham

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123660

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123660.001.0001

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Conflict and Remnants of Slavery on the South Shore

Conflict and Remnants of Slavery on the South Shore

(p.58) (p.59) 3 Conflict and Remnants of Slavery on the South Shore
On Jordan’s Banks

Darrel E. Bigham

University Press of Kentucky

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

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