Yankee Stepfather. General O.O. Howard and the Freedmen.

“Howard was neither a great administrator nor a great man, but he was a good man” — W.E.B. Du Bois

“This biographical study of O.O. Howard [Maj. General Oliver Otis Howard (1830–1909)] provides a new understanding of the historical relationship between black Americans and the federal government by discussing what Howard sought to accomplish as commissioner of the [post-Civil War] Freedmen’s Bureau. His hopes and plans for the freedmen are seen in the light of both the aspirations of the freed slaves and the reluctance of Andrew Johnson’s white America to allow them to be reached.” (from dust jacket) Howard “...was given a mandate of unprecedented scope, to manage southern lands abandoned during wartime or confiscated by federal authorities, to arrange for its distribution to emancipated slaves, and to govern ‘all subjects relating to refugees and freedmen from rebel states.’” (ANB)

Description: Yankee Stepfather. General O.O. Howard and the Freedmen.

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1968. First Edition. [14], 351pp. 8vo. Publishers red cloth; pictorial dust jacket. Yale Publications in American Studies, 15. Near fine in a very good just jacket.


Price: $35.00