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Race, ethnicity, and disability : veterans and benefits in post-Civil War America

Author: Larry M Logue; Peter David Blanck
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2010.
Series: Cambridge disability, law and policy series.
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Larry M Logue; Peter David Blanck
ISBN: 9780521516341 052151634X
OCLC Number: 496964524
Description: xxii, 215 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Cambridge disability, law and policy series.
Responsibility: Larry M. Logue, Peter Blanck.

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This book focuses on the post-Civil War experience of African Americans and immigrants, investigating their decision to seek government assistance and assessing their resulting treatment.  Read more...

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