From Library Journal
Despite having instituted one of the world's earliest broad-based social welfare programs (Civil War pensions for veterans and their families), the United States did not develop into a full welfare state like other Western democracies. In a detailed historical case study of social policy from the 1880s to the 1920s, Skocpol (sociology, Harvard) examines how government, political parties, cultural values, unions, women's organizations, and other groups all played a part in this process. Of particular interest is the role of mass organizations for women, which won "maternalist" welfare policies for women and children in the years before women's suffrage. Skocpol's analysis, which includes frequent comparisons with European countries, is replete with well-documented primary source material. Although academic language and style may make this daunting reading, scholars and students of social history will find it fascinating background for current debates on U.S. social policies. An important acquisition for all academic libraries.- Mary Jane Brustman, SUNY at Albany Libs.
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A monumental study that will likely become a classic in the history of the modern welfare state. (Rosalind Rosenberg New York Times Book Review
Complex, richly detailed...and grounded in extensive archival research...[Skocpol] has demonstrated that the polity and political institutions do matter...[A] powerful book that will surely generate a great deal of new research and writing about the history of social provision in the United States. (Alex Keyssar Nation
Invites readers to remember a halcyon period in women's politics when--both in spite and because of women's formal political exclusion--extensively organized, politically active women united around motherhood and claimed a place for women in social policy. (Gwendolyn Mink Women's Review of Books
Recognition that a kind of welfare state emerged even in America has hardly stilled the need to ask, once again, why the American variant came out so differently from those in western Europe. Skocpol's newest book... brings to these issues as powerful and iconoclastic an intellect as the historical sciences possess. Protecting Soldiers and Mothers
belongs on a shelf of social policy history classics. (Daniel T. Rodgers Journal of Economic History
)Protecting Soldiers and Mothers
is doubly important because it gives us new facts to think about and new perspectives within which to think about them…Skocpol's research is so original and thorough and her critical intelligence is so strong...that her book will become the necessary starting point for all who study the evolution of social welfare policies in the United States. (Aaron Wildavsky Journal of Policy History
By demonstrating the pivotal role of women's voluntary organizations as well as individual women leaders in constructing early twentieth century social welfare policy, Skocpol not only rewrites the history of social welfare but gender history as well. (Viviana Zelizer, Princeton University)Protecting Soldiers and Mothers
is a landmark book. Its unified argument and wealth of detail will be of compelling interest for political scientists and historians, theorists of the welfare state, social policy-makers, and feminists...By means of searching, consistent, grounded investigation of the ways that policies are made (or are not made) in the United States--along with lively, well-informed use of comparative national data--the book ruptures the 'inevitability' model of welfare state development and opens the door to new and different policy making in America's future. (Nancy Cott, Yale University)
Theda Skocpol's Protecting Soldiers and Mothers
will be regarded as one of the most significant books-perhaps the single most significant book-on the development of the American welfare state. (Martin Shefter, Cornell University)
Skocpol's book is a landmark contribution to the history and politics of American social policy. She has reclaimed a major and forgotten period that does much to explain why the American welfare state took the shape it did. (Hugh Heclo, George Mason University)