Essay on The Freedmen 's Bureau Of The Civil War

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The Freedmen’s Bureau
"The past is dead; let it bury its dead, its hopes and its aspirations; before you lies the future--a future full of golden promise" (Davis). Although the Civil War was a very corrupt and destructive war that lasted from 1861-1865, it brought upon an everlasting promise for former slaves. It gave them hope for a better life. After the war, all slaves became free leaving a major question of what would be done with them. Slaves were now free with no financial help, along with poor whites, who had no financial help. The major questions were: where would they now live, where would they work, and who would they get their financial support from? The answers to these questions were, The Freedmen’s Bureau. Initially, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped former black slaves and poor whites after the Civil War, by attempting to provide them with educational and job opportunities because they were in a critical position; however, the Bureau was ultimately a failure due to a shortage of government funds and personnel.
Initially a bill, the Freedmen’s Bureau was first introduced to Congress, but vetoes by President Andrew Johnson. Johnson felt as if it would be unconstitutional, because there was nowhere in the constitution that allowed or permitted this federal organization to be put into place. Although the bill was once vetoed, it was tried again and this time Congress put it into consideration to see how effective it could actually be. Thus, Congress passed the bill…

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