Freedman Law and Legal Definition

Freedman is a person who is set free from a state of bondage or slavery. In the U.S. a former slave is referred to as a freedman. These freedman have been released from slavery either by emancipation or manumission. Manumission is the granting of freedom by the owner of the slave and emancipation is granting freedom as part of a larger group. Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. constitution resulted in freedom for four million slaves. Fourteenth Amendment gave full citizenship to the freedmen in the U.S.