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xvi, 353 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
  • Introduction: Disaster relief and the welfare state
  • Building the sympathetic state
  • Innovations
  • The spreading delta
  • Crafting the Depression
  • The bomb-proof power
  • The well-beaten path
  • We lost our all
  • Postscript: Living in a sympathetic state.
Even as unemployment rates soared during the Great Depression, FDR's relief and social security programs faced attacks in Congress and the courts on the legitimacy of federal aid to the growing population of poor. In response, "New Dealers" pointed to a long tradition - dating back to 1790 and now largely forgotten - of federal aid to victims of disaster. In "The Sympathetic State", Michele Landis Dauber recovers this crucial aspect of American history, tracing the roots of the modern American welfare state beyond the New Deal and the Progressive Era back to the earliest days of the republic when relief was forthcoming for the victims of wars, fires, floods, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Drawing on a variety of materials, including newspapers, legal briefs, political speeches, art and literature of the time, and letters from thousands of ordinary Americans, Dauber shows that while this long history of government disaster relief has faded from our memory today, it was extremely well-known to advocates of an expanded role for the national government in the 1930s. Making this connection required framing the Great Depression as a disaster afflicting citizens through no fault of their own. Dauber argues that the disaster paradigm, though successful in defending the New Deal, would ultimately come back to haunt advocates for social welfare. By not making a more radical case for relief, proponents of the New Deal helped create the weak, uniquely American welfare state we have today - one torn between the desire to come to the aid of those suffering and the deeply rooted suspicion that those in need are responsible for their own deprivation. Contrary to conventional thought, the history of federal disaster relief is one of remarkable consistency, despite significant political and ideological change. Dauber's pathbreaking and highly readable book uncovers the historical origins of the modern American welfare state.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226923499 20160609
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-7008-01, LAW-7511-01
2 v. ; 24 cm.
  • v. 1. From the founding to 1890
  • v. 2. From 1898 to the present.
Law Library (Crown)
2 v. ; 24 cm
  • v. 1. From the founding to 1896
  • v. 2. From 1896 to the present.
Documennts in American Constitutional and Legal History is a two-volume companion to Urofsky and Finkelman's March of Liberty. this Reader provides students with a mix of both frequently cited and lesser-known but equally important historical documents and court decisions that have shaped the nation's constitutional development, beginning with its colonization and extending to the latest decisions of the Supreme Court. Each volume is organised chronologically, and the authors have written an introduction to each document summarizing its significance and placing it in its historical context. Each document is also accompanied by a brief list of suggestions for further readings. In addition, the complete text of the U.S. Constitutions is contained in both volumes for easy reference, as is a list of U.S. Supreme Court judges and their tenures.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195323115 20160617
Law Library (Crown)
x, 466 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Law Library (Crown)
LAW-562-01, LAW-671-01, LAW-7008-01, LAW-7019-01