Episode 52

Season 4

Deconstructing the Freedmens Bureau

Its records go WAY beyond labor contracts and it wasn’t ever a bank. Discover the origins, history, and how to properly search for documents that makeup one of the most important record sets created during the reconstruction time period, The Bureau of Freedmen, Refugees, and Abandoned Lands.

For Ask Mariah, we helped Frances Moore track down her free person of color ancestor, William Benjamin Stives. 

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