Race, Ethnicity, and Disability: Veterans and Benefits in Post-Civil War America (BOK)

Larry M. Logue, Peter Blanck

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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, whether to employ a pension attorney, or if they should 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.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2010 Forfatter Larry M. Logue, Peter Blanck
Forlag
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
ISBN 9780521516341
Antall sider 240 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,8cm x 2,1cm
Vekt 560 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Andre medvirkende Dick Thornburgh Emner og form Human rights & civil liberties law, American Civil War

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