The conclusion of the Civil War marked the demise of slavery in the United States. But social and economic arrangements for freed people remained in flux as the former Confederacy uneasily rejoined the Union. Read Jourdon Anderson’s letter in light of the reorientation of relationships between one-time masters and slaves. Explore elements of continuity and renegotiation as Anderson weighed an offer of employment from a man who once wielded complete and arbitrary power over him. Write an essay in which you summarize the meaning of Anderson’s correspondence and explain its historical significance . Use evidence in your essay to support your ideas.