What changed for slaves after Emancipation in the United States?

After more than 200 years of slavery, African Americans now saw a chance to work for themselves by farming their own land and using their skills to make a living.

It was now legal for them to come and go whenever they wanted, to learn to read and write, to stay with their families, and to be married. Most importantly, they could no longer be bought and sold.

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