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?
Samuel Shaver, a renowned Tennessee artist, taught at the Oddfellows Female Institute in Rogersville, TN where Johnson's daughter Mary was a student. A Shaver portrait of Johnson was saved during the Civil War by a Greeneville lady who wrapped it in newspaper and hid it in front of her fireplace.