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The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans

Crouch, Barry A.

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ISBN 10: 0292724756 / ISBN 13: 9780292724754
Editorial: Univ of Texas Pr, Austin, Texas, U.S.A., 1992
Condición: Near Fine Encuadernación de tapa dura
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187pp/illus. Drawing on a wealth of previously unused documentation in the National Archives, this book offers new insights into the workings of the Freedmen's Bureau and the difficulties faced by Texas Bureau officials, who served in a remote and somewhat isolated area with little support from headquarters. Previous owner name inside front cover. Text clean and unmarked. N° de ref. de la librería 009811

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Título: The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans

Editorial: Univ of Texas Pr, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1992

Encuadernación: Cloth

Condición del libro:Near Fine

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine

Edición: 1st Edition

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Fascinating Stories of enormous human interest from case studies illustrate both the need for and the effectiveness of the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas. Established by Congress in 1865 to help newly emancipated blacks make the transition from slavery to freedom, the Freedmen's Bureau is considered the first social welfare agency in American history. How effectively the Bureau carried out its mission, however, has long been a subject of debate. In this revisionist study of the Bureau's operations in Texas, Barry A. Crouch challenges traditional views that the Bureau was ineffective and asserts that its agents actually made considerable--and often successful--attempts to assist black Texans. Drawing on a wealth of previously unused documentation in the National Archives, Crouch offers new insights into the workings of the Bureau and the difficulties faced by Texas Bureau officials, who served in a remote and somewhat isolated area with little support from headquarters. Particularly interesting is the case of William G. Kirkman, a conscientious agent who was assassinated for his efforts to help black workers in Boston, Texas. While the Freedmen's Bureau ultimately achieved no lasting success in Texas or elsewhere, Crouch finds that it did not hinder the cause of freedpeople, as some critics have claimed. Operating during Reconstruction when whites were hostile toward Union efforts to enforce laws protecting blacks, the Bureau helped many individual former slaves and provided a forum where black Texans could assert their legal rights as citizens and free laborers. Of interest to all students of African-American history and of the Reconstruction period in Texas, The Freedmenas Bureau and BlackTexans is one of only three state studies of the Bureau published in recent years and the first book-length examination of the Bureau in Texas.

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