PROTECTING SOLDIERS AND MOTHERS
The Political Origins of Social Policy in the United States
Theda Skocpol
Copyright 1992 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College
First Harvard University Press paperback edition, 1995
ISBN 0-674-71766-X

This book very thoroughly examines the Civil War Pension Plan, exploring the politics behind it as well as its expansion over several decades. Of particular interest is the pension's role as America's first national system of public old-age and disability benefits.

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