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Too great a burden to bear : the struggle and failure of the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas

Author: Christopher B Bean
Publisher: New York Fordham University Press 2016
Series: Reconstructing America
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"In its brief seven-year existence, the Freedmen's Bureau became the epicenter of the debate about Reconstruction. Historians have only recently begun to focus on the Bureau's personnel in Texas, the individual agents termed the 'hearts of Reconstruction.' Specifically addressing the historiographical debates concerning the character of the Bureau and its sub-assistant commissioners (SACs), Too Great a Burden to  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher B Bean
ISBN: 9780823268757 0823268756 9780823271764 0823271765
OCLC Number: 958838793
Accession No: (DE-604)BV043769292
Description: vi, 309 Seiten ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction 1. "A Stranger Amongst Strangers": Who Were the Subassistant Commissioners? 2. "The Post of Greatest Peril": The E. M. Gregory Era, September 1865-April 1866 3. Conservative Phoenix: The J. B. Kiddoo Era, May 1866-Summer 1866 4. Bureau Expansion, Bureau Courts, and the Black Code: The J. B. Kiddoo Era, Summer 1866-November 1866 5. The Bureau's Highwater Mark: The J. B. Kiddoo Era, November 1866-January 1867 6. "They Must Vote with the Party That Shed Their Blood ... In Giving Them Liberty": Bureau Agents, Politics, and the Bureau's New Order: The Charles Griffin Era, January 1867-Summer 1867 7. Violence, Frustration, and Yellow Fever: The Charles Griffin Era, Summer-Fall 1867 8. General Orders No. 40 and the Freedmen's Bureau's End: The J. J. Reynolds Era, September 1867-December 1868 Conclusion: The Subassistant Commissioners in Texas Appendix A Appendix B Notes Bibliography Index
Series Title: Reconstructing America
Responsibility: Christopher B. Bean.

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This work focuses on Bureau agents at a more personal level. The answers illuminate who officials believed qualified-or not-to oversee the freedpeople's transition to freedom. Officials in Texas  Read more...

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