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Creating the American state : the moral reformers and the modern administrative world they made

Author: Richard Joseph Stillman
Publisher: Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, ©1998.
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Stillman finds that the basis for our current administrative state lies in the lives of the seven individuals who, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, invented its various elements. Furthermore, he finds that although they lived at different times, these seven founders had much in common: all were products of intensely Protestant, small-town America, and all were motivated by strong moral
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Joseph Stillman
ISBN: 081730911X 9780817309114
OCLC Number: 37615752
Notes: Based on the 1994 Coleman B. Ransone, Jr. lecture series, given by the author at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, and reworked into book form.
Description: xii, 207 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: George William Curtis --
Charles Francis Adams, Jr. --
Emory Upton --
Jane Addams --
Frederick W. Taylor --
Richard S. Childs --
Louis Brownlow --
Conclusion: American state creation as moral transformation.
Responsibility: Richard J. Stillman II.

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