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Roots of Reform : Farmers, Workers, and the American State, 1877-1917 - Elizabeth Sanders

Roots of Reform

Farmers, Workers, and the American State, 1877-1917

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"Roots of Reform" offers a sweeping revision of our understanding of the rise of the regulatory state in the late nineteenth century. Sanders argues that politically mobilized farmers were the driving force behind most of the legislation that increased national control over private economic power. She demonstrates that farmers from the South, Midwest, and West reached out to the urban laborers who shared their class position and their principal antagonist--northeastern monopolistic industrial and financial capital--despite weak electoral support from organized labor.
Based on new evidence from legislative records and other sources, Sanders shows that this tenuous alliance of "producers versus plutocrats" shaped early regulatory legislation, remained powerful through the populist and progressive eras, and developed a characteristic method of democratic state expansion with continued relevance for subsequent reform movements.
"Roots of Reform" is essential reading for anyone interested in this crucial period of American political development.

Introduction
The Political Economy
Core and Periphery in the American Economy
Labor Organizations and the State, 1873-1912
Farmers in Politics, 1872-1896
Agrarian Politics and Parties after 1896
The Agrarian Statist Agenda
The Transportation System
Trade, Taxation, Banking, and Credit
Antitrust and the Structure of the Marketing Network
Federal Aid for Practical Education: Farmers First
The Labor Program of the Farmers' Party
Farmers, Workers, and the Administrative States
Conclusion
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226734774
ISBN-10: 0226734773
Series: American Politics & Political Economy S.
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: 1st January 1999
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 15.1  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.71