xxii, 215 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
9780521516341 hardback 052151634X hardback
Cambridge disability, law and policy series.
"Using data from more than 40,000 soldiers of the Union army, this book focuses on the experience of African Americans and immigrants with disabilities, investigating their decision to seek government assistance and their resulting treatment. Pension administrators treated these ex-soldiers differently from native-born whites, but the discrimination was far from seamless - biased evaluations of worthiness intensified in response to administrators' workload and nativists' late-nineteenth-century campaigns. This book finds a remarkable interplay of social concepts, historical context, bureaucratic expediency, and individual initiative. Examining how African Americans and immigrants weighed their circumstances in deciding when to request a pension, employ a pension attorney, or if seek institutionalization, it contends that these veterans quietly asserted their right to benefits. Shedding new light on the long history of challenges faced by veterans with disabilities, the book underscores the persistence of these challenges in spite of the recent revolution in disability rights"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
1. The winding path of the self and the other 2. The moral economy of veterans' benefits 3. African-American veterans and the pension system 4. Pensions for foreign-born veterans 5. 'A more infamous gang of cut-throats never lived' 6. Havens of last resort 7. Epilogue.
KF7724 .L64 2010
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.