On This Day: The Freedman's Bureau

The Civil War ended slavery, but how did the government enforce the Thirteenth Amendment? Scholars learn about the creation of the Freedman's Bureau, the department's responsibilities, and experiences of African Americans who the program assisted. The thought-provoking resource provides five short video clips explaining different aspects of the Freedman's Bureau, such as the creation of labor contracts. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Guide a group discussion on the impact of the government's reconstruction attempts 
  • Compare the Freedman's Bureau to other government agencies set up to assist African Americans
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource requires a free C-SPAN Classroom account to access the video, or use the following login credentials: Username: students, Password: C-SPANCLASSROOM

  • Resource provides a great opportunity to open a discussion on civil rights
  • The video clips give a good overview of the Freedman's Bureau
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