Her husband was the first U.S. President to go through the impeachment process, though he was not removed from office. What did she think about the Reconstruction Era? How did she respond while her husband was at the center of extreme national controversy?
Meet Eliza Johnson, the first of the first ladies during the Reconstruction Era.
Even before the Civil War ended and well into the Reconstruction Era, women helped “contraband” adjust to freedom and gain a good education. Later, the Freedman’s Bureau offered a more formalized opportunity for women to teach in the South.
This blog post takes a closer look at this important role and at the lives and work of some of the women who decided to start to assist at these schools.