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Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation

Mary J. Farmer-Kaiser


Established by Congress in early 1865, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands—more commonly known as “the Freedmen's Bureau”—assumed the Herculean task of overseeing the transition from slavery to freedom in the post-Civil War South. Although it was called the Freedmen's Bureau, the agency profoundly affected African-American women. Yet despite voluminous scholarship on the Bureau, until now remarkably little has been written about the relationship between black women and this federal government agency. Neglected as well has ... More

Keywords: Freedmen's Bureau, African-American women, federal government, gender, freedwomen, American History, black communities, slavery, Freedmen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780823232116
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823232116.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mary J. Farmer-Kaiser, author