The War of 1812, September 11th, and the Politics of Compensation
Michele Landis Dauber
Stanford Law School
Stanford Law School, Public Law Working Paper No. 74
The September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is often described as "unprecedented," though it is but the latest in a long line of Federal disaster relief statutes. One such measure established a commission to compensate those who lost property to British attacks in the War of 1812. The history of this relief effort, which is remarkably similar to that of the VCF, reveals a characteristic moral trajectory traced by victims as they seek compensation. The closer victims come to receiving payment for their losses, the harder it is for them to maintain the appearance of blamelessness that is the source of their claim. This paper explores the political and moral issues that arise for both claimants and relief officials from this process.
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Date posted: January 9, 2004
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