Check out the Summer 2010 copy of the National Archives (US) Prologue magazine where you'll find an online article No Pensions for Ex-Slaves: How Federal Agencies Suppressed Movement to Aid Freedpeople by Miranda Booker Perry.
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From Ms. Perry's bio, we learn she is an archivist trainee in the Textual Archives Division at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C. She has worked on a number of military records projects and has delivered presentations on the ex-slave pension movement. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at Howard University.
With that impressive background, we then turn to study Ms. Perry's source material which include among other items:
- National Archives Microfilm Publication M2110 reproduces the series Correspondence and Case Files Pertaining to the Ex-Slave Pension Movement, Law Division, Bureau of Pensions, Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group (RG) 15.
- Special Field Orders, No. 15, Headquarters Military Division of the Mississippi, January 16, 1865, is found in Orders & Circulars, ser. 44, Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1780's–1917, RG 94
- General Records of the Department of Justice, RG 60
- Records of District Courts of the United States, RG 21; Records of the U.S. Senate, RG 46
- Records of the U.S. House of Representatives, RG 233.
Let us take follow the example of historians and take a more scholarly approach to our research.
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