What was the Freedmen's Bureau?  

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The Freedmen’s Bureau was created after the Civil War ended to help the former slaves. The former slaves had little experience with freedom. Many of them had been born into slavery. They had no idea how to provide for their basic necessities since their master handled these needs. Being free was a new experience for many former slaves.

The Freedmen’s Bureau was created to help the former slaves adjust to freedom. The Freedmen’s Bureau provided the former slaves with food, clothing, and medical care. The Freedmen’s Bureau helped the former slaves establish schools for their kids. The Freedmen's Bureau helped them get jobs, get fair wages, and sometimes get transportation to their jobs. Later on, the Freedmen’s Bureau got more power by being able to prosecute people who violated the rights of former slaves. Special courts were established to for this purpose.

The purpose of the Freedmen’s Bureau was to help the former slaves adjust to being free. It was able to do this after the Civil War ended and during Reconstruction.

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