freedman

noun
freed·​man | \ˈfrēd-mən, -ˌman\

Definition of freedman 

: a person freed from slavery

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For the most part, officials left the freedmen's fate to a group of teachers, preachers, doctors and abolitionists known as Gideon's Band, a proto-Peace Corps unit that helped the former slaves establish schools and an island economy. Harrison Smith, latimes.com, "Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction, dies at 91," 27 June 2018 For the most part, officials left the freedmen’s fate to a group of teachers, preachers, doctors and abolitionists known as Gideon’s Band, a proto-Peace Corps unit that helped the former slaves establish schools and an island economy. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction, dies at 91," 26 June 2018 Because of the 1866 treaties, freedmen were granted membership into the nation under which they were previously enslaved. The Root, "Tracing Your Roots: Did Grandma Have Creek Indian Roots?," 26 Jan. 2018 For the very first time in the history of forever, us freedmen and women were suddenly able to own a piece of our own land. Clarkisha Kent, The Root, "Bloody Mae," 11 Mar. 2018 By borrowing a freedman’s protection certificate from a friend and wearing the disguise of a sailor sewn by Anna, Frederick made his way to New York City by train (possibly spending Anna’s money to buy the ticket, says historian Leigh Fought). Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "The Hidden History of Anna Murray Douglass," 5 Mar. 2018 His story captures the oft-changing demographic makeup of a neighborhood with a long history dating back to the end of the Civil War, when it was largely settled by freedmen. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Filmmaker Greg Carter shares his '5th Ward' perspective," 28 Feb. 2018 Shortly after the end of the Civil War, freedmen coming to Durham, N.C., to work in the tobacco warehouses began living on the southern edge of the city. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Other Black Wall Streets," 15 Feb. 2018 It was also meant to protect freedmen and women from assaults by Southern whites. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Frederick Douglas’ 200th Birthday Invites Remembrance and Reflection," 8 Feb. 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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freedman

noun
freed·​man | \ˈfrēd-mən \
plural freedmen\ -​mən \

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: a person freed from slavery

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