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Protecting Soldiers and Mothers

The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States

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$43.50 • £34.95 • €39.00

ISBN 9780674717664

Publication Date: 03/15/1995


736 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

10 tables, 33 line illustrations

Belknap Press


  • Introduction: Understanding the Origins of Modern Social Provision in the United States
  • I. A Precocious Social Spending Regime
    • 1. Patronage Democracy and Distributive Public Policies in the Nineteenth Century
    • 2. Public Aid for the Worthy Many: The Expansion of Benefits for Veterans of the Civil War
  • II. The Failure of a Paternalist Welfare State
    • 3. Reformist Professionals as Advocates of Workingmen’s Insurance
    • 4. Help for the “Army of Labor”? Trade Unions and Social Legislation
    • 5. Progressive Era Politics and the Defeat of Social Policies for Workingmen and the Elderly
  • III. Foundations for a Maternalist Welfare State?
    • 6. Expanding the Separate Sphere: Women’s Civic Action and Political Reforms in the Early Twentieth Century
    • 7. Safeguarding the “Mothers of the Race”: Protective Legislation for Women Workers
    • 8. An Unusual Victory for Public Benefits: The “Wildfire Spread” of Mothers’ Pensions
    • 9. Statebuilding for Mothers and Babies: The Children’s Bureau and the Sheppard-Towner Act
  • Conclusion: America’s First Modern Social Policies and Their Legacies
  • Appendix 1. Percentages of the Elderly in the States and the District of Columbia Receiving Civil War Pensions in 1910
  • Appendix 2. Endorsements of Mothers’ Pensions by Women’s Groups: Sources for Table 9 and Figure 27
  • Notes
  • Index

Awards & Accolades

  • 1993 Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, American Political Science Association
  • Co-Winner, 1993 J. David Greenstone Book Prize, Politics and History Section of the American Political Science Association
  • 1993 Allan Sharlin Memorial Award, Social Science History Association
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