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After de war was over, every body seemed so happy. They shouted rung bells and   shot guns. I asked Old Miss why dey ‘peared so happy ’cause we was whipped,   looked lak they’d be sad. It was several months after the slaves were freed   befo I knowed it. I heered it talked about dat the slaves were freed, but I   was kinda skeered to ask abot it. I did one day tho and when I asked Old Miss,   “Miss dey tells me de niggers is free, is dey?” She say, “No! and you’d better   come on and go to work ‘fore you gits tored up”. Dey did free us tho about   three or fo monts after dis, but I stayed on with Mr. Dave ’cause he was so   good to me and I liked all of dem

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