Prize Money and Blood Money
For a long time, the US government made its naval officers eligible for two kinds of bounties, shares in the proceeds from enemy merchant vessels and cargo they captured (prize money) and rewards from the public treasury for sinking enemy ships (head money). These were relatively uncontroversial until 1899, after the Spanish-American War, when Congress suddenly abolished them for all US naval personnel. The chapter asks how this abrupt change came about and the consequences of this change.
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