freed·​man | \ ˈfrēd-mən How to pronounce freedman (audio) , -ˌman \

Definition of freedman

: a person freed from slavery

Examples of freedman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wealthy men like Vedius Pollio, a cruel freedman of the first century B.C., raised them in ponds for the table—though Pollio’s eels were not solely meant for consumption. James Romm, WSJ, 12 Mar. 2021 Having first modeled an idealized, kneeling figure from his own white body, Ball was persuaded to rework the pose based on a photograph of an actual freedman named Archer Alexander. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 June 2020 When plantation heirs tried to reclaim the land, freedmen forcefully resisted. Daniel R. Mandell, Time, 7 Apr. 2020 The historically black school had been established for the education of freedmen at the end of the Civil War. Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2020 Unfortunately, freedmen were disappointed as federal officials moved reluctantly to enforce Johnson’s policies. Daniel R. Mandell, Time, 7 Apr. 2020 According to the Texas State Historical Association online, two instances of violence against the Wilsons in 1867 may have led to the creation of their freedman’s town outside Seguin. Vincent T. Davis,, 12 Jan. 2020 Republican coalitions, during any period of the party’s success, have always included some groups that were plainly outsiders: black freedmen in the 1870s, Mormons in the Progressive era, Cuban refugees in the 1980s. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, 25 Nov. 2019 The community, founded as a freedman’s town in 1871, is rich in history. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, 2 Aug. 2019

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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freed·​man | \ ˈfrēd-mən How to pronounce freedman (audio) \
plural freedmen\ -​mən \

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: a person freed from slavery

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