From: Anonymous Two
Time: 11:20:19 PM
Remote Name: 220.127.116.11
How did slaves respond to being freed? Upon notice of emancipation, many slaves ran away from their masters felt they no longer had to answer to anyone nor work. Not knowing where to settle, most slaves knew they did not want to stay in the same environment which would remind them daily of the oppression they had endured for themselves and their families. Many blacks were overwhelmingly happy about being free. The ability to walk away from their masters' plantations was an action which had to be experienced by the majority of the emancipated slaves. " Many freed slaves wondered about from place to place, helping themselves to whatever they could find...many died from starvation...many were brutally murdered by the whites."
How did whites respnd to the slaves being freed? Thje southern whites did not like the fact that slaves had been emancipated. Some slaveowners did not tell their slaves they had been freed. Some slaveowners totally ignored the Act of Congress emancipating the slaves. Many slaveowners threatened and physically coerced their slaves to make them stay and work the plantations. No doubt, many slaves died during the transition from slavery to freedom.