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What Was Life Like For Freed Slaves In Houston After The Civil War?

Houston Matters learns about the challenges of life in Greater Houston for freed slaves after the Civil War.




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What happened to the black population in the South after the dissolution of the Confederacy and the establishment of the 13th Amendment? What difficulties did they face, particularly in Texas and Houston?

Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Yvonne Frear, chair of the Social Sciences Department at San Jacinto College, and Steven Deyle, associate professor of history at the University of Houston. They discuss the period of Reconstruction heading into the 20th century and how former slaves navigated their new circumstances.

Our Black History Month conversations are a part of Houston Public Media's Legacies initiative, in partnership with Greater Houston's historically black universities, Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.