From 1865 to 1872, the Freedmen’s Bureau helped tens of thousands of freed slaves build new lives, while documenting nearly every aspect of the post-Civil War experience. As a result, the Freedmen’s Bureau records are among the most valuable sources of information on African American genealogy. #DiscoverFreedmen
The Freedmen's Bureau Bill Primary Source Activity, teaches students about the achievements and the failures of the Freedmen’s Bureau during Reconstruction and the its decline under President Johnson. Using common core analysis of two primary source documents, the Freedmen's Bureau Bill and Black Code laws from Louisiana, students get a deep understanding of the conflict between southern states and the federal government. This can be used in class or as homework.
This excellent, interactive student activity has your class assuming the roles of various people during the Age of Reconstruction and evaluating how they would feel about Reconstruction.Students are assigned one of six characters (a freed slave, former plantation owner, teacher with the Freedmen's Bureau, etc) and must read the short biography to think critically about each aspect of Reconstruction.
The Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands is often simply referred to as the Freedmen's Bureau. Often as genealogists, we are aware of the Freedmen's Bureau, but do not fully realize the potential it holds for our genealogy research. Let's take a closer look.