The Freedmen’s Record

The Freedmen’s Record provides a unique look at the issues faced by freed slaves and the efforts to provide opportunities for Freedmen entering American society.

Freedmen's Record, Boston, MA - January, 1865 – April, 1874

Freedmen’s Record, Boston, MA – January, 1865 – April, 1874

The New England Freedmen’s Aid Society published the Freedmen’s Record in an effort to expose the conditions of Freedmen to the Northern public and promote charitable contributions for use in the Society’s Freedmen’s programs and to fund relief efforts in the postwar South. Activities included the collection and distribution food and clothing; monetary support;  creating hospitals and temporary camps; the  location of family members; collecting text books and building schools, the provision of legal representation, and alerting local and regional governments about various racial confrontations, including discrimination and voter intimidation.

Within the pages of the Freedmen’s Journal you can read about the harsh living conditions, famine, extreme lack of medical care, and the breakdown of the family. There also are printed letters about success stories in terms of employment, education, and the re-uniting of family members. However, there are notes and reports on “Colorphobia in Washington” and other parts of the South, race relations, and racial incidents.

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