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  • Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation
  • Mary J. Farmer-Kaiser
  • 2010
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  • Published by: Fordham University Press
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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 been consideration of the role that mid-nineteenth-century understandings of gender and gender difference played in shaping the outcome of Bureau policy.As Mary Farmer-Kaiser clearly demonstrates in this revealing work, by failing to recognize freedwomen as active agents of change and overlooking the gendered assumptions at work in Bureau efforts, scholars have ultimately failed to understand fully the Bureau's relationships with freedwomen, freedmen, and black communities in this pivotal era of American history.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. 2. ‘‘a weight of circumstances like millstones about their necks to drag and keep them down’’: Freedwomen, Federal Relief, and the Freedmen’s Bureau
  2. pp. 35-63
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  1. 3. ‘‘The women are the controlling spirits’’: Freedwomen, Free Labor, and the Freedmen’s Bureau
  2. pp. 64-95
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  1. 4. ‘‘to put forth almost superhuman efforts to regain their children’’: Freedwomen, Parental Rights, and the Freedmen’s Bureau
  2. pp. 96-140
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  1. 5. ‘‘strict justice for every man, woman, and child’’: Gender, Justice, and the Freedmen’s Bureau
  2. pp. 141-166
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  1. Conclusion: ‘‘the unpardonable sin’’
  2. pp. 167-171
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 173-238
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 239-268
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 269-275
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  1. Reconstructing America Series
  2. pp. 277-278
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780823249015
Related ISBN(s)
9780823232116
MARC Record
OCLC
712990680
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2012-07-18
Language
English
Open Access
No
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