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The era of good stealings

Author: Mark W Summers
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1993.
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In his first book, The Plundering Generation, Mark Wahlgren Summers dealt with corruption and the breakdown of ethics in public life from 1849 to 1861. Continuing his look at the post-Civil War years he examines the effects of the war on public ethics, raising important questions about the significance of corruption for policymaking and American political thought during the years 1865 to 1877. Who, thinking of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Kooruption
History
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Summers, Mark W. (Mark Wahlgren), 1951-
Era of good stealings.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1993
(OCoLC)756452799
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark W Summers
ISBN: 019507503X 9780195075038
OCLC Number: 25411350
Description: xiv, 390 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. All, All of a Piece Throughout: A Context for Corruption. 1. The Era of Good Stealings? 2. "The Old Flag and an Appropriation" 3. "We Know That Money Was Used": 1868. 4. "That Nauseous Muckhill" 5. Bohemians in Babylon. 6. Sentinels and Tribunes: The "Independent" Press --
pt. II. Thy Chase Had a Beast in View: Corruption and the New Political Economy. 7. A Spoiled Peace. 8. "A Fearful Amount of Greasing": The Lobby. 9. "Spigotry" 10. As Cities Expand, Shepherds Contract --
pt. III. Thy Wars Brought Nothing About: Corruption and the Old Politics, 1868-72. 11. "Five Years of Good Stealing": The Corruption of Southern Reconstruction. 12. "Honest Money": Liberal Reform and the Power of Moral Ideas. 13. The Great Disappointment. 14. The Party of the Mighty Past Finds an Issue. 15. "Turn the Rascals Out!": The Liberal Republican Debacle, 1872 --
pt. IV. Thy Lovers Were All Untrue: The Realignment That Failed, 1873-77. 16. 1873. 17. Caesar, with Cigar. 18. Turning the Rascals In: The Strange Survival of the Republican Party. 19. "We Waited for the Coming Man" 20. "Conscience Offers No Restraint": The Stolen Election, 1876-77 --
Epilogue and Coda: 'Tis Well an Old Age Is Out and Time to Begin Anew.
Responsibility: Mark Wahlgren Summers.
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In his first book, The Plundering Generation, Mark Wahlgren Summers dealt with corruption and the breakdown of ethics in public life from 1849 to 1861. Continuing his look at the post-Civil War years he examines the effects of the war on public ethics, raising important questions about the significance of corruption for policymaking and American political thought during the years 1865 to 1877. Who, thinking of Reconstruction fails to think of corruption? The Grant administration and the Great Barbecue remain inseparable in our minds. From grafting South Carolina Republicans to plundering Tammany Hall delegates, abuses of the public trust were all the fashion. Noting the effect of corruption on national politics, during the era of Reconstruction, Summers nonetheless suggests the corruption issue may have had more important consequences than the misdeeds themselves. Indeed, the very forces that impelled corruption were the ones that defined and limited the character of reform. Official rascality raised the strongest possible argument for a scaled-down, cheap government, a professional civil service, and a retreat from Reconstruction. Without whitewashing villainy or blackguarding the liberal reformers, Summers re-examines the swindles, exposes the exaggerations and the self-interested motives of the accusers, and suggests ways in which the issue itself struck heavier blows at the way Americans governed themselves than did the acts of corruption.

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