The Freedmen's Bureau Case Study

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The Freedmen’s Bureau was a special organization created by the Congress to protect and assist the Freedmen and poor whites that suffered from damages after the War. However, the bureau did much more than just feeding the poor as they created schools for the blacks, provided medical care and offered protection to freedmen from the wealthy whites. The bureau also negotiated contracts between the planters and the freedmen. Most importantly, the Freedmen’s Bureau created the education opportunities for the former slaves who were denied the right to read and write from the slave codes.

After the war, it became hard for the Northerners to raised money for the freedpeople, in which many began to lose interest. Therefore, reformers turned to an alternative,
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Many become nurses and fundraising leaders to support the Union army. They’re activist of the anti-slavery movement sending the former slaves clothing, money, and books. However, as women are trying to lend a helping hand they were brought back with resistances. The Northern men were not happy with women to be holding such important position in public. The Freedman aid movement has brought fear to the Northern, as they are afraid that bringing social equality to the slaves might also give the women equality too. There was sight of the feminist movement as a woman like Josephine Griffing sought for greater responsibility, and on the other side, men are trying to prevent it. For example, Howards would fire Griffing of her Freedmen’s Bureau title if she voiced her opinion publicly. But that does not stop Griffing, as she continued to serve the freedpeople and run an industrial sewing school. Griffing believed that she is fit to be the spokesperson for the federal aid. However, Griffing was attacked with discrimination against the women reformers, people like Shipherd stated that she needed to be repressed from her

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