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Acknowledgments ix 1. Social Welfare in the States I 2. Independence and Dependence under the Public Purpose Doctrine 18 3. Payments to Firemen and Soldiers, 1854-1876 35 4. Military Pensions in the Courts, 1877-1923 53 5. Civil Service Pensions, 1883-1924 75 6. Mothers' Pensions in the Courts, 1911-1923 105 7. Pensions for the Blind and Workmen's Compensation, 1906-1917 129 8. Old Age Pensions, 1911-1937 139 Conclusion: State Constitutions and Public Spending 167 Appendix: Cases Cited 183 Notes 189 Index 215Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: State governments Officials and employees Pensions United States History, Local officials and employees Pensions United States History