Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy

ISBN-10: 0521524261
ISBN-13: 9780521524261
Edition: 2003
Authors: Laura S. Jensen
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

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.

Entitlements in law and history
Pensions for revolutionary patriots
Revolutionary policies
The 'public' lands and public welfare
Expanding a nation, dissolving a union
Entitlements and the constitution of the American nation.

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