Have you ever written a letter to your representatives in Congress or to your local governing body? If so, your letter may someday appear as an archive. Archives are primary sources such as letters, documents, or photographs that are preserved for future generations. In this activity, you will read a letter from the Texas State Archives concerning the Freedmen's Bureau. In this chapter you learned about the attempts of the Freedmen's Bureau to aid freed African Americans in Texas and in other Southern states.
Destination Title: Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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Start at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Web site's Texas Treasures exhibit.
- Scroll down to find "List of Governors in Chronological Order" and click on it.
- Under "War, Ruin, and Reconstruction," click on Andrew J. Hamilton 1865-1866.
- Toward the bottom, you will see "Letter from Van Zandt County asking for an agent of the Freedmen's Bureau." Click on the letter.
- Read the introduction to and the three pages of the letter.
Use what you have learned to answer the following questions.