How Big Government Won the West

How Big Government Won the West

by Stephen Rockwell
     
 

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This short essay argues that "big government" begins in America's earliest days-- despite our founding myth of small government and limited federal activity. The essay addresses the federal government's indispensable role in land acquisition, its regulation of the fur trade, and its role in managing defense, trade, and social policies. Complementing a wave of new

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This short essay argues that "big government" begins in America's earliest days-- despite our founding myth of small government and limited federal activity. The essay addresses the federal government's indispensable role in land acquisition, its regulation of the fur trade, and its role in managing defense, trade, and social policies. Complementing a wave of new scholarship, "How Big Government Won the West" offers a brief and compelling look at governance in the republic's first century. Rockwell addresses numerous examples of federal government activity in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: government-run trading houses designed to drive American Indians into debt, thus forcing land cessions; the federal response to the Whiskey Rebellion; the cost of the Louisiana Purchase; the construction of the National Road; the building of seacoast fortifications; the tragedy of Indian Removal; the terror of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; and federal initiatives addressing health, welfare, veterans' pensions, the mails, and disaster relief.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781626754072
Publisher:
BookBaby
Publication date:
02/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
237 KB

Meet the Author

Stephen J. Rockwell is Professor of Political Science at St. Joseph's College, New York, where he is also Associate Chair of the Department of Social Sciences, Prelaw Advisor, and Coordinator of the American Studies program. Previously, he was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan-Flint, and a Senior Research Analyst at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.

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