Even though the slave was free, he was not treated that way.
Not every black person was a destitute sharecropper. In spite of the endemic racism of the south, there was room for some blacks to rise into the middle class by learning specialized trades, or by creating businesses that served the black community. In a few of the cities, such as New Orleans, Nashville, and Charleston, there were communities established that allowed some chance at autonomy and prosperity.
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