This Week in Reconstruction, February 5-10, 1866
The possible end of the Freedmen's Bureau remains a fierce topic of debate as politicians across the nation argue over the continuance of the Bureau. President Johnson appears in favor of the Trumbull Freedmen's Bureau bill which Congress introduced in January in an effort to continue the Freedmen's Bureau. Despite his support of this bill, the President appeared to disapprove of the District Suffrage bill giving African Americans voting rights in the District of Columbia. The suffrage movement sees success in Pennsylvania as African American voting rights become established by the Pennsylvania legislature. The breakup of the Republican party seems imminent to white southerners due to the "outrageously radical measures of Sumner and Stevens."