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Race, Ethnicity, and Disability


  • 14 b/w illus. 26 tables
  • Page extent: 240 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.56 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 331.25/2913550097309034
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: UB373 .L64 2010
  • LC Subject headings:
    • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Veterans--Pensions
    • Disabled veterans--Pensions--United States--History--19th century
    • African American veterans--Pensions--History--19th century
    • Military pensions--United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
    • Racism--United States--History--19th century

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 (ISBN-13: 9780521516341)

  • Also available in Paperback
  • Published April 2010

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$113.00 (C)

Using data from more than 40,000 soldiers of the Union army, this book focuses on the experience of African Americans and immigrants with disabilities, investigating their decision to seek government assistance and their resulting treatment. Pension administrators treated these ex-soldiers differently from native-born whites, but the discrimination was far from seamless – biased evaluations of worthiness intensified in response to administrators’ workload and nativists’ late-nineteenth-century campaigns. This book finds a remarkable interplay of social concepts, historical context, bureaucratic expediency, and individual initiative. Examining how African Americans and immigrants weighed their circumstances in deciding when to request a pension, whether to employ a pension attorney, or if they should seek institutionalization, it contends that these veterans quietly asserted their right to benefits. Shedding new light on the long history of challenges faced by veterans with disabilities, the book underscores the persistence of these challenges in spite of the recent revolution in disability rights.


1. The winding path of the self and the other; 2. The moral economy of veterans' benefits; 3. African-American veterans and the pension system; 4. Pensions for foreign-born veterans; 5. 'A more infamous gang of cut-throats never lived'; 6. Havens of last resort; 7. Epilogue.

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