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The Resource A stranger amongst strangers : an analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868, Christopher B. Bean

A stranger amongst strangers : an analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868, Christopher B. Bean

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A stranger amongst strangers : an analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868
Title
A stranger amongst strangers
Title remainder
an analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868
Statement of responsibility
Christopher B. Bean
Title variation
Analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868
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eng
Summary
This dissertation is a study of the subassistant commissioners of the Freedmen's Bureau in Texas from late 1865 to late 1868. Its focus is two-fold. It first examines who these men were. Were they northern born or southern? Did they own slaves? Were these men rich, poor, or from the middle-class? Did they have military experience or were they civilians? How old was the average subassistant commissioner in Texas? This work will answer what men Freedmen's Bureau officials deemed qualified to transition the former slave from bondage to freedom. Secondly, in conjunction with these questions, this work will examine the day-to-day operations of the Bureau agents in Texas, chronicling those aspects endemic to all agents as well as those unique to certain subdistricts. The demand of being a Bureau agent was immense, requiring long hours in the office fielding questions and long hours in the saddle inspecting subdistricts. In essence, their work advising, protecting, and educating the freedmen was a never ending one. The records of the Freedmen's Bureau, both the records for headquarters and the subassistant commissioners, serve as the main sources, but numerous newspapers, Texas state official correspondences, and military records proved helpful. Immense amounts of information arrived at Bureau headquarters from field personnel. This work relies heavily on reports and letters in the Bureau agent's own words. This dissertation follows a chronological approach, following the various Bureau administrations in Texas. I believe this approach allows the reader to better glimpse events as they happened
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MHR
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph. D.) -- University of North Texas, 2008.
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no index present
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non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • theses
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A stranger amongst strangers : an analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868, Christopher B. Bean
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Publication
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"August 2008."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 451-476)
Contents
"A stranger amongst strangers" : who were the subassistant commissioners? -- "The post of greatest peril" : the E.M. Gregory era, September 1865-April 1866 -- Conservative phoenix : the J.B. Kiddoo era, May 1866-Summer 1866 -- Bureau expansion, Bureau courts, and the black code : the J.B. Kiddoo era, Summer 1866-November 1866 -- The Bureau's highwater mark : the J.B. Kiddoo era, November 1866-January 1867 -- "They must vote with the party that shed their blood... in giving them liberty" : Bureau agents, politics, and the Bureau's new order : the Charles Griffin era, January 1867-Summer 1867 -- Violence, frustration, and yellow fever : the Charles Griffin era, Summer 1867 -- General orders no. 40 and the Freedmen's Bureau's end : the J.J. Reynolds era, September 1867-December 1868
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ocn693269000
Extent
x, 476 leaves
Other physical details
maps (some col.).
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Photocopy.
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  • (OCoLC)693269000
  • (Sirsi) a1863462
Label
A stranger amongst strangers : an analysis of the Freedmen's Bureau subassistant commissioners in Texas, 1865-1868, Christopher B. Bean
Publication
Note
"August 2008."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (leaves 451-476)
Contents
"A stranger amongst strangers" : who were the subassistant commissioners? -- "The post of greatest peril" : the E.M. Gregory era, September 1865-April 1866 -- Conservative phoenix : the J.B. Kiddoo era, May 1866-Summer 1866 -- Bureau expansion, Bureau courts, and the black code : the J.B. Kiddoo era, Summer 1866-November 1866 -- The Bureau's highwater mark : the J.B. Kiddoo era, November 1866-January 1867 -- "They must vote with the party that shed their blood... in giving them liberty" : Bureau agents, politics, and the Bureau's new order : the Charles Griffin era, January 1867-Summer 1867 -- Violence, frustration, and yellow fever : the Charles Griffin era, Summer 1867 -- General orders no. 40 and the Freedmen's Bureau's end : the J.J. Reynolds era, September 1867-December 1868
Control code
ocn693269000
Extent
x, 476 leaves
Other physical details
maps (some col.).
Reproduction note
Photocopy.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)693269000
  • (Sirsi) a1863462

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