This series of case-studies of reform legislation in Congress during the early twentieth century explores the nature of progressivism and the processes of political change which resulted in the establishment of the modern American state. Among the topics covered are railroad regulation, labor relations, social policy of the District of Columbia, Republican insurgency, and the nature of Democratic progressivism. The work will be of interest to students of twentieth-century political history, the history of Congress, and the origins of the modern American state.
"...an important book..." Political Science Quarterly
"This is an excellent analysis of congressional politics during a critical era of American political history." R. Heineman, Alfred University, Choice
"...this book is a valuable addition to the literature since it furthers our understanding os state building in the early 1900s and the role Congress played in that process." The Journal of American History, David R. Berman, Morrison Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
"...Harrison provides a wonderful examination of the early twentieth century Progressive movement from the vantage point of Congress. This is an important book, which I believe will become, in short order, required reading in all graduate APD (American Political Development) courses." Jeffery A. Jenkins, Northwestern University
"...well-researched, clearly-written, and provocative study...the study makes a significant constribution to early twentieth-century American political history and to a sharper definition of political progressivism." - American Historical Review, Steven L. Piott, Clarion University