Too Great a Burden to Bear : The Struggle and Failure of the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas

Too Great a Burden to Bear : The Struggle and Failure of the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas

Description

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 Bear sheds new light on the work and reputation of these agents. Focusing on the agents on a personal level, author Christopher B. Bean reveals the type of man Bureau officials believed qualified to oversee the Freedpeople's transition to freedom. This work shows that each agent, moved by his sense of fairness and ideas of citizenship, gender, and labor, represented the agency's policy in his subdistrict. These men further ensured the former slaves' right to an education and right of mobility, something they never had while in bondage.

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Details

Author(s)
Christopher B. Bean
Format
Hardback | 320 pages
Dimensions
152 x 229 x 22.86mm | 544.31g
Publication date
01 Jul 2016
Publisher
Fordham University Press
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
ISBN10
0823268756
ISBN13
9780823268757