How did Black families, churches, schools, and other institutions contribute to the development of African American culture and political activism in this period?
Families were fundamental to the Black community after emancipation. Past slaves had made attempts to trace missing members of the family. Widows of black soldiers successfully claimed pensions for survivors, forcing the federal government to recognize the validity of the pre-war relationship that slavery had tried to deny. Emancipation made black men more dominant. Churches allowed African Americans, instead of their former masters, to worship their own religion. Schools received the education former slaves required for economic and political participation.
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