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- DescriptionThe period between the Civil War and the New Deal was particularly rich and formative for political development. Beyond the sweeping changes and national reforms for which the era is kwn, Statebuilding from the Margins examines often-overlooked cases of political engagement that expanded the capacities and agendas of the developing American state. With particular attention to gendered, classed, and racialized dimensions of civic action, the chapters explore points in history where the boundaries between public and private spheres shifted, including the legal formulation of black citizenship and mogamy in the postbellum years; the racial politics of Georgia's adoption of prohibition; the rise of public waste management; the incorporation of domestic animal and wildlife management into the welfare state; the creation of public juvenile courts; and the involvement of women's groups in the creation of U.S. housing policy. In many of these cases, private citizens or organizations initiated political action by framing their concerns as problems in which the state should take direct interest to benefit and improve society. Statebuilding from the Margins depicts a republic in progress, accruing policy agendas and the institutional ability to carry them out in a nlinear fashion, often prompted and powered by the creative techniques of policy entrepreneurs and organizations that worked alongside and outside formal boundaries to get results. These Progressive Era initiatives established models for the way states could create, intervene in, and regulate new policy areas-invations that remain relevant for growth and change in contemporary American governance. Contributors: James Greer, Carol Nackeff, Julie Novkov, Susan Pearson, Kimberly Smith, Marek D. Steedman, Patricia Strach, Kathleen Sullivan, Ann-Marie Szymanski.
- Author BiographyCarol Nackenoff is Richter Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College and author of The Fictional Republic: Horatio Alger and American Political Discourse. Julie Novkov is Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY, and chair of the Department of Political Science. She is author of Racial Union and Constituting Workers, Protecting Women.
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication14/01/2014
- SubjectHistory: Textbooks & Study Guides
- Series TitleAmerican Governance: Politics, Policy, and Public Law
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note3 illus.
- Weight621 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine29 mm
- Edited byCarol Nackenoff,Julie Novkov
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