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Rights and POwer: The POlitics of Reconstruction
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"The Freedman's Bureau," 1866. (Library of Congress)

"The Freedman's Bureau," 1866.
(Library of Congress)

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The national debate over reconstruction, and in particular, the Freedman's Bureau, is evident in a campaign broadside from Pennsylvania's gubernatorial campaign of 1866.

This cartoon's racist imagery played upon public fears that government assistance would benefit indolent freedmen at the expense of white workers.

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