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From freed +‎ man.

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freedman (plural freedmen)

  1. A man who has been released from a condition of slavery.
    • 2001, John C. Inscoe, Appalachians and Race: The Mountain South from Slavery to Segregation, "Introduction", page 7:
      Education was a high priority for Appalachian freedmen and freedwomen just as it was for blacks throughout the Reconstruction South.

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