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To enlarge the machinery of government : congressional debates and the growth of the American state, 1858-1891

Author: Williamjames Hoffer
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007.
Series: Reconfiguring American political history.
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"How did the federal government change from the weak apparatus of the antebellum period to the large, administrative state of the Progressive Era? To Enlarge the Machinery of Government explores the daily proceedings of the U.S. House and Senate from 1858 to 1891 to find answers to this question." "Through close readings of debates centered around sponsorship, supervision, and standardization recorded in the  Read more...

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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hoffer, Williamjames.
To enlarge the machinery of government.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Williamjames Hoffer
ISBN: 9788018865545 801886554X 9780801886553 0801886554 9781421402413 1421402416
OCLC Number: 76167517
Description: xiii, 258 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : "badly in detail but well on the whole": the second state --
Prologue : "the great, noisy, reedy, jarring assembly" : the Capitol, lawyers, and public space --
A "government of states" : sponsorship and the first debate on land grant colleges, 1858-1861 --
"The object of a democratic government" : sponsorship and supervision of agriculture and land grant colleges, 1861-1863 --
"A government of law" : sponsoring and supervising the freedmen, abandoned lands, and refugees, 1863-1865 --
The "twin pillars" of the state : the supervision and standardization of education and law enforcement, 1865-1876 --
"To change the nature of the government" : standardizing schooling and the civil service, 1876-1883 --
"What constitutes a state" : supervising labor and commerce, 1883-1886 --
"A system entirely satisfactory to the country" : standardizing labor and the courts, 1886-1891 --
Conclusion : "to answer our purposes, it must be adapted."
Series Title: Reconfiguring American political history.
Responsibility: Williamjames Hull Hoffer.
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The "second stateera, Hoffer contends, offers valuable insight into how conceptions of American uniqueness contributed to the shape of the federal government.  Read more...


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A lively and engaging account. -- Matt Field APSA Legislative Studies Section Newsletter 2008 Hoffer has offered a provocative challenge to the standard telling of American state development and Read more...

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