Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy

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Cambridge University Press, 21 avr. 2003 - 244 pages
Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy offers a pathbreaking account of the pivotal role played by entitlement policies during the first hundred years of the United States' existence. Contrary to the story of developmental delay contained in the standard historiography, Laura Jensen reveals that national social policies not only existed in early America, but also were a major instrument by which the fledgling US government built itself and the new nation. From 1776 on, Federal pensions and land entitlements figured prominently in the growth and empowerment of a unique American state, the consolidation and expansion of the country, and the political incorporation of a diverse citizenry. The book provides a rich account of how governing institutions, public expectations, ideas about law and legality, political necessity and public policy gave shape to definitions of need, worth, and eligibility in late eighteenth and nineteenth century America.
 

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Entitlements in Law and History
1
Rethinking the American State and American Governance
5
Rethinking Entitlements
13
Whats in a Name?
16
Entidements as a Policy Device
25
Entitlements as Rights at Work
31
Entitlements and American Political Development
40
Pensions for Revolutionary Patriots
44
The Public Lands and Public Welfare
123
Public Lands and Early Nation Building 17891811
136
The Public Domain and Land Entitlements 18111830
150
Public Land Policy and Sectionalism
164
Expanding a Nation Dissolving a Union
171
Causal Stories and Continental Ambitions
177
Movement Toward Universalism 18471862
186
The Civil War Its Union Veterans and Selective Entitlement
205

Disability Officers and Widows Pensions of the Revolutionary War Period
48
Veterans Benefits and Early Nation Building
63
Revolutionary Policies
80
The Logic of Expansion
88
Revolutionary Pensions and Sectional Politics
110
Entitlements and the Constitution of the American Nation
222
The Consequences of Policy Choice
231
Index
237
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