Freedmans Bureau Essay

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Freedmans Bureau

The Freedman's Bureau
The Freedman's Bureau was set up after the Civil War even though it went against three
main traditional values of the time. The first being limited government, which mean that
the government could and could not do certain things. It also was the basis for the idea
of the government's power being limited. The second was sanctity of private property. At
this time you made your own money to buy land and it was your land that no one could take
away from you. The government did not give handouts. The last was self-help, which meant
that if you had problems, and then you and only you solved them. It also made the people
question welfare, unemployment, and government aid, and their simple solution was not to
have it.

The bureau however had its success and failures contrary to these fundamental ideas. One
of the main successes was the education program that the bureau set up. By 1870 there were
over 150,000 African American's enrolled in these schools. Many of the schools set up
still stand and educate many today even. Three of the main failures of the bureau came
about because of the hatred in the south, and the anti-black attitude. The first being the
land that was supposed to be given to the freed men after the civil war, never happened
because the land was given back to the plantation owners. The second was the labor
contracts, they began as a good idea, but the contracts were often unfair. They were set
up to determine wages, clothing, and medical care, often it was made to be worse than
slavery was. The final unsuccessful part was the judicial system of the bureau. Over time
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