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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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Free and Equal, with Opportunities and Pains

Free and Equal, with Opportunities and Pains

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On Jordan’s Banks

Darrel E. Bigham

University Press of Kentucky

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

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