For the "Freed" Blacks, it meant that they did have more freedom but not necessarily more opportunity or security. Their homes were likely burned, their property stolen along with the White people in the South as the Yankee army came through. The Southern Whites were devastated, their entire property either stolen, destroyed, and soon to be confiscated. The State governments were occupied by Carpet Baggers who continued to loot what was left. The Yankee Army continue to occupy the South and take advantage of the people not being able to vote. They locals, with no Yankee money, couldn't pay the taxes the Yankee occupational government put in place so these Yankees, (called carpet baggers), either stole or bought the entire Southland for pennies on the dollar. Their ownership continues today with vast tracts of land in much of the South owned by Yankee corporations in the North and pay very little property tax due to their buying local legislators. Northern Whites rejoiced, They all got their carpet bags, but what they could in it, and headed South to take advantage of the social turmoil that followed with the Yankee occupational government. After seeing all the goods that the Army had stolen when they returned home, they were eager to see what they could steal too. All the portable things had been taken, but other things, like land, had to be stolen by people who were willing to stay on location.