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"A Most Singular and Interesting Attempt": The Freedmen's Bureau at Marshall, Texas

"A Most Singular and Interesting Attempt": The Freedmen's Bureau at Marshall, Texas The "Little Virginia Courthouse" in Marshall, 1852­1889, the first of Harrison County's brick courthouses. It was the courthouse in Marshall when the Freedmen's Bureau operated there. Courtesy the Harrison County Historical Museum. Christopher Bean* n March 3, 1865, Congress created, according to historian W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the most "singular and interesting of the attempts made by a great nation to grapple with vast problems of race and social condition." This organization, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, which resided under the auspices of the War Department and was responsible for the freedmen's transition from servitude to citizen during Reconstruction, faced a daunting task the likes of which had never been tried before and one that most white southerners vowed to make impossible. According to historian Eric Foner, white southerners "resented the Bureau as a symbol of Confederate defeat and a barrier to the authority reminiscent of slavery that planters hoped to impose upon the freedmen." Most white southerners harbored deep animosity toward the victorious Union army, white Unionists, and black freedmen and were willing to employ intimidation and even murder as a means of maintaining the established racial order. Under these circumstances, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southwestern Historical Quarterly Texas State Historical Association

"A Most Singular and Interesting Attempt": The Freedmen's Bureau at Marshall, Texas

Southwestern Historical Quarterly , Volume 110 (4) – Jun 11, 2007

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Texas State Historical Association
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The "Little Virginia Courthouse" in Marshall, 1852­1889, the first of Harrison County's brick courthouses. It was the courthouse in Marshall when the Freedmen's Bureau operated there. Courtesy the Harrison County Historical Museum. Christopher Bean* n March 3, 1865, Congress created, according to historian W. E. B. Du Bois, one of the most "singular and interesting of the attempts made by a great nation to grapple with vast problems of race and social condition." This organization, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, which resided under the auspices of the War Department and was responsible for the freedmen's transition from servitude to citizen during Reconstruction, faced a daunting task the likes of which had never been tried before and one that most white southerners vowed to make impossible. According to historian Eric Foner, white southerners "resented the Bureau as a symbol of Confederate defeat and a barrier to the authority reminiscent of slavery that planters hoped to impose upon the freedmen." Most white southerners harbored deep animosity toward the victorious Union army, white Unionists, and black freedmen and were willing to employ intimidation and even murder as a means of maintaining the established racial order. Under these circumstances,

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Southwestern Historical QuarterlyTexas State Historical Association

Published: Jun 11, 2007

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