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?
Andrew Johnson was a Democrat; Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. The National Union Party existed as a structured, nationwide party for the first time in 1864, for the ticket of Lincoln and Johnson. It was an attempt to unify Republicans and pro-war Democrats.