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The Freedmen's Bureau and black Texans, by Barry A. Crouch

Label
The Freedmen's Bureau and black Texans
Title
The Freedmen's Bureau and black Texans
Statement of responsibility
by Barry A. Crouch
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Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
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 freed people, 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 Freedmens Bureau and Black Texans 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
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
976.4/00496073
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.93.T4
LC item number
C76 1992
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
The Freedmen's Bureau and black Texans, by Barry A. Crouch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-181) and index
Contents
1. The Freedmen's Bureau in Texas: a historiographical appraisal -- 2. The Texas assistant commissioners: labor, justice, education, and violence under the Bureau -- 3. The Texas Bureau in microcosm: the thirtieth subdistrict during Reconstruction -- 4. To die in Boston (Texas, that is) -- 5. Reconstructing Brazos County: race relations and the Freedmen's Bureau, 1865-1868
Control code
24320568
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 187 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780292724754
Lccn
91029138
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2000. Clothbound. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The Freedmen's Bureau and black Texans, by Barry A. Crouch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [177]-181) and index
Contents
1. The Freedmen's Bureau in Texas: a historiographical appraisal -- 2. The Texas assistant commissioners: labor, justice, education, and violence under the Bureau -- 3. The Texas Bureau in microcosm: the thirtieth subdistrict during Reconstruction -- 4. To die in Boston (Texas, that is) -- 5. Reconstructing Brazos County: race relations and the Freedmen's Bureau, 1865-1868
Control code
24320568
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xix, 187 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780292724754
Lccn
91029138
Note
Library's copy 2 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2000. Clothbound. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
ill.

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