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Against the Profit MotiveThe Salary Revolution in American Government, 1780-1940$
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Nicholas R. Parrillo

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300176582

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300176582.001.0001

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Naval Warfare

Naval Warfare

Prize Money and Blood Money

(p.307) 9 Naval Warfare
Against the Profit Motive

Nicholas R. Parrillo

Yale University Press

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.

Keywords:   naval officers, bounties, enemy ships, prize money, head money, 1899, Spanish-American War

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