The Freedmen's Bureau Bill
Freedmen's Bureau Bill
1. Johnson was opposed to the use of the military during peacetime.
2. Johnson felt the Bill was a Federal encroachment into state matters.
3. Johnson felt this was "class legislation" for a particular segment of society that:
a. Would keep the ex-slaves from being self-sustaining, and
4. Johnson did not feel that Congress should be making these decisions for unrepresented states.
Johnson's second objections were the same as his first.
Did You Know?
Martha Johnson Patterson, Andrew Johnson's daughter, said their slave Sam would boast that he was Johnson's servant. "But in truth," she continued, "Andrew Johnson belonged to Sam." Andrew Johnson gave Sam land for a church and school for the freedmen of Greeneville, TN.