Established by congress in early 1865, the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands-more commonly known as the Freedmen's Bureau-assumed the Herculean task of overseeing the transition from slavery to freedom in the post-Civil War South. Although it was called the Freedmen's Bureau, the agency profoundly affected African-American women.
Until now remarkably little has been written about the relationship between black women and this federal government agency. As Mary Farmer-Kaiser clearly demonstrates in this revealing work, by failing to recognize freedwomen as active agents of change and overlooking the gendered assumptions at work in Bureau efforts, scholars have ultimately failed to understand fully the Bureau's relationships with freedwomen, freedmen, and black communities in this pivotal era of American history.
|Instructor||Dr. Mary Farmer-Kaiser|
|Location||Business Conference Center
McNeese State University
|Dates||Mon, October 27th|
|Price||$49 Until September 26 for the SAGE Series
$55 After September 26
Mary Farmer-Kaiser is a professor of History and the James D. Wilson/Board of Regents Support Fund Memorial Professor in Southern Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Since August 2013, she has served as the Interim Dean of the Graduate School at UL Lafayette. Her books include Freedwomen and the Freedmen's Bureau: Race, Gender, and Public Policy in the Age of Emancipation (Fordham University Press, 2010) and Louisiana Women: Their Lives and Times, vol. 2 (co-edited with Shannon Frystak and forthcoming soon from the University of Georgia Press). She was honored in 2009 with the Ray Authement Excellence in Teaching Award by UL Lafayette. Her research and teaching interests continue to focus on women's history and policy history, and she enjoys greatly having opportunities like this to share her work.