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By Brian Balogh

ISBN-10: 0521820979

ISBN-13: 9780521820974

Whereas it truly is visible that America's nation and native governments have been constantly lively throughout the 19th century, a interval ruled through laissez-faire, political historians of twentieth-century the United States have assumed that the nationwide govt did little or no in this interval. a central authority Out of Sight demanding situations this premise, chronicling the ways that the nationwide govt intervened powerfully within the lives of nineteenth-century americans in the course of the legislations, subsidies, and using 3rd events (including kingdom and native governments), whereas averting forms. americans have regularly became to the nationwide govt - in particular for financial improvement and growth - and within the 19th century even those that argued for a small, nonintrusive principal executive demanded that the nationwide executive extend its authority to satisfy the nation's demanding situations. In revising our knowing of the ways that american citizens became to the nationwide govt all through this era, this learn essentially alters our point of view on American political improvement within the 20th century, laying off gentle on modern debates among progressives and conservatives concerning the right dimension of presidency and executive courses and subsidies that even this present day stay "out of sight."

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This laid the legal groundwork for a world inhabited by groups and associations, rather than individuals, a world in which individuals increasingly exercised their political and economic preferences through groups. 20 Gerald Berk, “Constituting Corporations and Markets: Railroads in Gilded Age Politics,” Studies in American Political Development, 4, no. 1 (1990): 141. However, corporations continued to offer investors limited liability. Santa Clara v. Southern Pacific Rail Road (1886) and its companion cases placed the nation’s highest court squarely behind the principle that corporations were protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Constitution and the Making of the American State (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2003), 40–41; Joseph J. Ellis, Founding Brothers: Stories from the Early Republic (New York, NY: Knopf, 2000), 7; Andrew S. Trees, The Founding Fathers and the Politics of Character (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2004), 1. 2 24 A Government Out of Sight time and space, the fear of central power grew unchecked. There was no powerful court in British North America to entice or compel allegiance.

1, chap. 3, p. 28. 12 John Adams, A Defence of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, Against the Attack of M. Turgot, in his Letter to Dr. Price dated the twenty second 28 A Government Out of Sight The obligation to serve trumped private interests. ” Serving the nation came first, Franklin hectored. Even Sir Isaac Newton’s discoveries paled by comparison to public service, Franklin noted. ”13 Unlike monarchies, which mixed public and private interests quite regularly, there was little room for private interest in republics.

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