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A Creature of Its Time: The Pension Bureau

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Courtesy of the LOC

By the of the 19th century, United States’ pension administration was huge: occupying an imposing building, overseeing the distribution of $138 million in pensions to nearly a million Union veterans and surviving relatives.

Weeping No More

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Photograph of the Pension Office, now the National Building Museum, courtesy of the LOC

Southern black women artfully navigated the U.S. pension bureaucracy to gain recognition as Union widows.

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