I am glad to say that slavery and I have gained my freedom. It's time to rebuild the nation. I am hopeful for the future but I fear for what might happen. The death of Lincoln does not quell this fear of mine.
The Freedmans Bureau was established in 1865 as an attempt to help newly freed slaves. It's goals were to provide food, education, and medical aid to the people who needed it.
I am hopeful because this will help me a lot and I may be able to purchase my own land very soon.
The Freedmans Bureau did not turn out to be as good as we had hoped. Thanks to Andrew Johnson pardoning white Southerners we have no land to have for ourselves
We may also be forced to sign labor agreements with these Southerners. I fear that these agreements will be oppressive.
Labor Agreement. Sign or go to jail.
I am a bit angered by the lack luster plans proposed by Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. I feel they are too forgiving. However I feel that the Radical Republicans are acting in our best interests and I hope they can get the job done.
In 1870 the 15th amendment was passed, this gave me the right to vote.
The 14th amendment passed in 1868. This amendment stated that blacks had the same rights as whites that could not be infringed.