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The Pension Crisis of 1893

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How a change in Pension law cut off hundreds of widows, and how they fought back.


Seeking Asylum

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From a Confederate wartime hospital, to our nation’s first hospital exclusively for mentally ill African Americans, discover the story of Central State.


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.



Harriet Jacobs

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Born a slave, Harriet Jacobs became an unstoppable truth teller, activist, and reformer.


“Ready for Mischief”

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Medical kit used by Dr. Mary Walker. Courtesy of the National Museum of Health and Medicine

Dr. Mary E. Walker of New York embarked on a crusade to become a surgeon in the Union Army.


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