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Who Supported the Freedmen’s Bureau

The Freedmen’s Bureau was supported by and was the idea of abolitionists who saw the need to help slaves once it became clear that former slaves would need help getting started in their new life of freedom.  President Abraham Lincoln understood this need and supported too.  He helped create the Freedman’s Bureau.  Republicans in Congress also supported the Bureau and wanted former slaves to have a successful transition into free life. Unfortunately, the Freedman’s Bureau was massively understaffed and only employed 900 agents at its peak and lacked enough money to meet their goals. However there was additional support from teachers who created effective educational programs and charitable religious institutions that helped begin the process of educating former slaves.

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