How did the Freedmen's Bureau education help former slaves?

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The Freedmen’s Bureau was designed to help former slaves adjust to freedom. The Freedmen’s Bureau was created in part to overcome southern attitudes of resistance toward the freed slaves. One aspect of the Freedmen’s Bureau was to help the former slaves establish schools. The government understood that without an education, life, which already was very difficult for the former slaves, would be even more difficult. Thus, the government provided assistance in creating schools for the former slaves. Generally, the government worked closely with charitable groups in the north to help educate the former slaves. The Freedmen’s Bureau provided places where schools could exist. The Freedmen’s Bureau also paid the teachers and helped to train the African American teachers. The Freedmen’s Bureau provided necessary materials such as books for the classrooms. The Freedmen’s Bureau offered transportation for the staff. The Freedmen’s Bureau also made military protection available to the students and teachers who attended or worked in these schools. The Freedmen’s Bureau was instrumental in helping former slaves get an education.

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