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A government out of sight : the mystery of national authority in nineteenth-century America

Author: Brian Balogh
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Althogh it is obvious that America's state and local governments were consistently active during the nineteenth century, a period dominated by laissez-faire, political historians of twentieth-cemtury America have assumed that the national government did very little during this period. A Government Out of Sight challenges this premise, chronicling the ways in which the national government intervened powerfully in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Balogh
ISBN: 9780521820974 0521820979 9780521527866 0521527864
OCLC Number: 298467808
Description: xi, 414 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: Why look back? --
How Americans lost sight of the state : adapting republican virtue to liberal self-interest --
Between revolutions : the promise of the developmental vision --
"To strengthen and perpetuate that union" : republican political economy --
Outside the boundaries : "powers and energies in the extreme parts" --
The uncontested state : letters, law, localities --
Restoring "spontaneous action and self-regulation" : civil war and civil society --
Judicial exceptions to Gilded Age laissez-faire --
"A special form of associative action" : new liberalism and the national integration of public and private --
Conclusion: Sighting the twentieth-century state.
Responsibility: Brian Balogh.
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A Government Out of Sight revises our understanding of the ways in which Americans turned to the national government throughout the nineteenth century.  Read more...

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