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A freedman is a former slave who has been manumitted or emancipated.

Millions of freedmen were created as a result of the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution as a result of the American Civil War, although there were freedmen all across the U.S. before the Emancipation Proclamation. To meet this demand, during reconstruction, a Freedmen's Bureau was created.

See reconstruction; Jim Crow.

Freedmen were also a large social class in ancient Rome.

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