It was short sighted but remember that there were powerful forces working against an equitable integration into society of the newly emancipated. The Radical Republicans were the only group that strongly advocated for the freed people and instituted various Reconstruction Acts to that end. (Although even that agenda was perhaps geared towards obtaining more Black voters for the Republican party). Even Lincoln, who fought for passage of the 13th amendment, did not have a good grasp of what freedom would look like or what form it should take.Thank you for your reply.
Seems incredibly short-sighted; so hard to believe. Who would think that was enough? But if I remember correctly, there was no government assistance provided to anyone during/after the 1927 Mississippi River flood, so I guess I am looking back with modern, multiple-governmental-program eyes.