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 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, "Our Two-Party System Isn’t Going Anywhere," 25 Nov. 2019 The community, founded as a freedman’s town in 1871, is rich in history. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Children’s Books on Wheels still serving Tamina community after 15 years," 2 Aug. 2019 Demobilized Union officer Comfort Servosse’s fearless support for civil rights and the education of freedmen triggers hostility from his new white neighbors in the South. Charles Lane, WSJ, "Five Best: Charles Lane on Reconstruction and Its Consequences," 12 July 2019 But when Army generals began to fire Southern officials who were complicit in racist violence against black freedmen, Johnson responded by transferring the generals out of the South. Erick Trickey, Washington Post, "‘Kill the beast’: The impeachment trial that nearly took down a president 150 years ago," 16 May 2018 This ultimately stripped the freedmen of health care, food and housing assistance. Essence, "White People Claiming Cherokee Nation Membership Awarded $300 Million In Government Contracts," 2 July 2019 All told, up to 60,000 freedmen and women moved to Kansas between 1879 and 1881. Charles Lane, WSJ, "Five Best: Charles Lane on Reconstruction and Its Consequences," 12 July 2019 As the authors remind us, black freedmen did serve in the ranks of the Continental Army—and suffer and die. Peter Cozzens, WSJ, "‘Valley Forge’ Review: In the Bleak Midwinter," 21 Dec. 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,, "Willie Lee Rose, influential historian of slavery and Reconstruction, dies at 91," 27 June 2018

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1587, in the meaning defined above

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“Freedman.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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