The meaning for the freedmen was being able to do what they watched their white masters do for so long, and the aftermath of emancipation is evidence of this in economic (the meaning of land and the African American’s stance as a ‘working class people’), political (the right to vote and the African American integration into politics) and social (the change in the African American household, the change in American society) settings.
The author says that not only did emancipation strengthen preexisting family bonds for African-Americans, but it also evolved them in such a way that they proved to further emulate that of white society. Contributions to this theory are the changes that African-American family life underwent post-emancipation, examples being the withdrawal of black women from field labor, the attempted reuniting of previously separated families, and the development of a stronger patriarchy within the African-American community.
African-American familial society begins to emulate that of white society. Family members were reunited and able to live together in their own house. Withdrawal of black women from field labor. Emancipation transformed already existing African American communal and familial bonds.
African-American society emulates white society.
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