The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans

9780292712195: Paperback
Release Date: 1st January 1999

11 b&w illus.

Dimensions: 152 x 229

Number of Pages: 216

University of Texas Press

The Freedmen's Bureau and Black Texans

Paperback / £20.99

Drawing on a wealth of previously unused documentation in the National Archives, this book offers new insights into the workings of the Freedmen's Bureau and the difficulties faced by Texas Bureau officials, who served in a remote and somewhat isolated area with little support from headquarters.

  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Freedmen's Bureau in Texas: A Historiographical Appraisal
  • 2. The Texas Assistant Commissioners: Labor, Justice, Education, and Violence under the Bureau
  • 3. The Texas Bureau in Microcosm: The Thirtieth Subdistrict During Reconstruction
  • 4. To Die in Boston (Texas, That Is)
  • 5. Reconstructing Brazos County: Race Relations and the Freedmen's Bureau, 1865-1868
  • Conclusion
  • Notes
  • Essay on Sources
  • Index

The late Barry Crouch was Professor of History at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., for twenty-one years.

"The] episodes in Texas Reconstruction history that Mr. Crouch relates, perhaps do more than broad generalizations to explain why the Freedmen's Bureau failed, and how we lost the peace after the Civil War."

New York Times Book Review

"Crouch skillfully presents the Freedmen's Bureau as one of the most unique, misunderstood, and maligned ad hoc reform agencies ever devised by a democratic government in the name of social and political freedom and equality."

East Texas Historical Journal

". . . breaks new ground in Reconstruction history. [Crouch's] study is among the first on the bureau in Texas and the first to focus on the subdistrict agent, the subassistant commissioner."

Journal of Southern History