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date: 16 May 2021

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This article considers African American Civil War Pension Bureau files as slave narratives. It argues for an understanding of the slave narrative (or autobiography) as both individually and collectively produced, as in the case of Civil War pension claims. The author explores this concept by examining Civil War pension files of veterans of the United States Colored Troops (USCT) and their families, focusing on such topics as slave marriage, slave families, separation of slave families, emancipation, relationships with former owners, and the economic and social situation of exslaves.

Keywords: African American, Civil War, pension, Pension Bureau, USCT, slave narrative, slave, exslave, slave family

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