- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
Reviews in American HistoryKeller is brilliantly informed about important aspects of the regulatory phenomena that swept across American public life in the first part of the twentieth century.
— K. Austin Kerr
Keller treats the reader to detailed accounts of how pre-New Deal bureaucrats and judges reinterpreted antitrust laws, developed entire systems of railroad and utility regulation, designed rules governing automobiles and their carriers, created an entire branch of law devoted to corporations...and established rules for banks and insurance companies. America's regulators and judges were far busier before the New Deal than is commonly supposed.
— Robert B. Reich
Beginning in 1977 with Affairs of State: Public Life in Nineteenth-Century America, Morton Keller embarked on a major examination of the American polity from the Civil War to the New Deal. He piloted the project into the twentieth century with Regulating a New Economy, and now has added a companion volume, Regulating a New Society...Together [these books] constitute nothing less than the most exhaustive investigation of the American polity in this period ever undertaken.
— Alan Dawley
This book is a pleasure to read and should be in the personal library of every scholar interested in twentieth-century social and political history...This extraordinarily well documented work covers the changes and struggles surrounding a diverse range of social policies.
— Alan Stone
Keller observes that there were some striking similarities between the central concerns of American politics during the early decades of the twentieth century and the issues of today—for example, the status of women, the breakdown of families, racial and ethnic diversity, and abuses of power. Keller provides an extraordinary account of the public policies pursued in light of these concerns...[A] magisterial book.
— Martin Shefter
This is an impressive synthesis of progressive era (and beyond) scholarship that, like its predecessors, will enjoy a long shelf-life and continue to give political history a good name.
— Edward D. Berkowitz
|1||The Family and the State||13|
|The Matrix of Marriage|
|The Dilemmas of Divorce|
|Parent and Child|
|2||Church and State, School and Society||38|
|Church and State|
|School and Society|
|3||Private Rights and Civil Liberties||69|
|The Interests of Personality|
|Civil Liberties and Social Change|
|The Passions of Politics and War|
|4||Private Vices, Public Mores||109|
|Frailties of the Flesh|
|The Crusade against Drink|
|5||Crime and Punishment||149|
|The Face of Crime|
|Poverty and Pensions|
|The Public's Health|
|The Condition of Labor|
|7||Immigrants and Aliens||219|
|Aliens, Citizenship and Race|
|8||Blacks and Whites||251|
|Progressivism and Race|
|Racism and Normalcy|
|9||Indians and Women||282|