The Freedmen's Bureau; A Chapter in the History of Reconstruction Volume 3

The Freedmen's Bureau; A Chapter in the History of Reconstruction Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... had been reduced one half; by June, 1869, but two hospitals and one asylum remained. Most of the inmates had been transferred to state and local institutions. In order to induce local authorities to accept these new charges, the commissioner sometimes donated medicines, hospital stores, and hospital furniture, on condition that the United States government should be relieved of the care and support of such patients in the future.3 In some cases this inducement was insufficient. In the District of Columbia, where a disproportionate number of refugees had congregated, it was thought unjust to make them a local charge. The untransferred patients were gathered at Washington and Richmond, where two hospitals and one asylum were still maintained. It seemed unwise and inhumane to close these promptly. So an act was 1. Ho. Ex. Docs., 40th Cong., 2nd Sess., Vol. 2, Part I, No. 1, p. 628. 2. Statutes at Large, XV, 193. 3. I-Io. Ex. Docs., 41st Cong., 2nd Sess., Vol. 6, No. 142, p. 16. D passed authorizing the commissioner to continue them until the president should deem it practicable to discontinue them.' Later in that year the institution at Richmond was closed; but those at Washington remained under bureau supervision until June 30, 1872. They were then placed in charge of the war department? and, later, of the department of the interior? Of the patients in 1870 Dr. Reyburn said the vast majority were so helpless, either from old age or bodily infirmity, that they would require support from some source during the remainder of their lives. The hospitals under bureau control were unequally distributed among the several states of the south and the District of Columbia. The number reported from each state varied from year to year; but, in the...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236844874
  • 9781236844873