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Congress, Progressive Reform, and the New American State

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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521158145

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  • This series of case-studies of reform legislation in Congress during the early twentieth century explores the nature of progressivism and the processes of political change which resulted in the establishment of the modern American state. Among the topics covered are railroad regulation, labor relations, social policy of the District of Columbia, Republican insurgency, and the nature of Democratic progressivism. The work will be of interest to students of twentieth-century political history, the history of Congress, and the origins of the modern American state.

    • Clarifies the politics of progressivism by studying national legislature
    • Contributes to understanding of state-making by situating change of the American state institutions in context of Progressive era
    • Examines role of Congress in constructing twentieth-century American state
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...an important book..." Political Science Quarterly

    "This is an excellent analysis of congressional politics during a critical era of American political history." R. Heineman, Alfred University, Choice

    "...this book is a valuable addition to the literature since it furthers our understanding os state building in the early 1900s and the role Congress played in that process." The Journal of American History, David R. Berman, Morrison Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

    "...Harrison provides a wonderful examination of the early twentieth century Progressive movement from the vantage point of Congress. This is an important book, which I believe will become, in short order, required reading in all graduate APD (American Political Development) courses." Jeffery A. Jenkins, Northwestern University

    "...well-researched, clearly-written, and provocative study...the study makes a significant constribution to early twentieth-century American political history and to a sharper definition of political progressivism." - American Historical Review, Steven L. Piott, Clarion University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521158145
    • length: 310 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Congress and the nation
    3. The troubled subject of railroad regulation in the progressive era
    4. Congress and the 'labor question'
    5. The ideal of a 'model city': Congress and the District of Columbia
    6. The Senate and progressive reform
    7. Patterns of republican insurgency in the House of Representatives
    8. Progressivism, democratic style
    9. Congress, progressive reform, and the new American state.

  • Author

    Robert Harrison, University of Wales, Aberystwyth

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