Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

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 U.S. 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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"Jensen's new book offers considerable insight and instruction. Jensen provides an intelligent dissection of the structural and historical effects of programmatic lawmaking, and, in the process, forces scholars of all persuasions to rethink the nature of entitlements." The Journal of Interdisciplany History

"...adds significantly to our understanding of the early federal government." American Historical Review

"Laura Jensen's account is rich at both substantive and methodological levels. As a matter of substance, Jensen persuasively recovers an early history for the federal administrative state." Law and History Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521524261
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 Entitlements in Law and History 1
2 Pensions for Revolutionary Patriots 44
3 Revolutionary Policies 80
4 The "Public" Lands and Public Welfare 123
5 Expanding a Nation, Dissolving a Union 171
6 Entitlements and the Constitution of the American Nation 222
Index 237
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