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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.

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?

In audio above we revisit Houston Matters host Craig Cohen’s conversation with San Jacinto College history professor Yvonne Frear and University of Houston associate professor of history Steven Deyle on how Southern blacks fared here in Texas during Reconstruction and under Jim Crow.

This was part of our Black History Month conversations as 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.

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