Roots of Reform: Farmers, Workers, and the American State, 1877-1917

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University of Chicago Press, 1999 - 532 páginas
Roots of Reform offers a sweeping revision of our understanding of the rise of the regulatory state in the late nineteenth century. Sanders argues that politically mobilized farmers were the driving force behind most of the legislation that increased national control over private economic power. She demonstrates that farmers from the South, Midwest, and West reached out to the urban laborers who shared their class position and their principal antagonist—northeastern monopolistic industrial and financial capital—despite weak electoral support from organized labor.

Based on new evidence from legislative records and other sources, Sanders shows that this tenuous alliance of "producers versus plutocrats" shaped early regulatory legislation, remained powerful through the populist and progressive eras, and developed a characteristic method of democratic state expansion with continued relevance for subsequent reform movements.

Roots of Reform is essential reading for anyone interested in this crucial period of American political development.
 

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I see this as something of a complement to David Sarasohn's The Party of Reform (1989). Both seek to turn the Progressive Era on its head. In the latter case, the author roots the reform spirit of the ... Leer comentario completo

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Core and Periphery in the American Economy
13
Labor Organizations and the State 18731912
30
Farmers in Politics 18731896
101
Agrarian Politics and Parties after 1896
148
THE AGRARIAN STATIST AGENDA
173
The Transportation System
179
Trade Taxation Banking and Credit
217
Antitrust and the Structure of the Marketing Network
267
Farmers First
314
The Labor Program of the Farmers Party
340
Farmers Workers and the Administrative State
387
Conclusion
409
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