Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States / Edition 1

Protecting Soldiers and Mothers: The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States / Edition 1

by Theda Skocpol
     
 

It is widely held that the United States lagged behind the countries of Western Europe in developing modern social policies. But, as Theda Skocpol shows in this startlingly new historical analysis, the United States actually pioneered generous social spending for many of its elderly, disabled, and dependent citizens.See more details below

Overview

It is widely held that the United States lagged behind the countries of Western Europe in developing modern social policies. But, as Theda Skocpol shows in this startlingly new historical analysis, the United States actually pioneered generous social spending for many of its elderly, disabled, and dependent citizens.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674717664
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
03/28/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
736
Sales rank:
835,103
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.78(d)

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Understanding the Origins of Modern Social Provision in the United States
  • Part 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


  • Part 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


  • Part 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

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