Legalized Gambling

Legalized Gambling

ISBN-10:
0791098354
ISBN-13:
9780791098356
Pub. Date:
12/28/2008
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers

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Overview

Legalized Gambling

The United States has struggled with gambling policy since colonial days, and its legal stance has alternated between legalization and prohibition. Today, many forms of gambling are legal, and most Americans bet at least occasionally. Many people believe, however, that the recent rush to legalize gambling has turned millions of Americans into pathological gamblers. They blame a variety of problems-including crime, broken families, and the exploitation of the poor-on legalization. Defenders contend that gambling's negative consequences have been exaggerated and that most Americans bet responsibly. They also warn that prohibition will not stop gambling but will turn the gambling business over to organized criminals. Legalized Gambling explains how the debate over gambling has become more intense in recent years because of the proliferation of online casinos and the popularity of illegal sports betting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791098356
Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date: 12/28/2008
Series: Point/Counterpoint Series: Issues in Contemporary American Society
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction: Gambling in the United States 12

Point: Gambling Is Harmful to Society 27

Counterpoint: Gambling Prohibition Does More Harm Than Good 42

Point: Legalized Gambling Has Adverse Economic and Political Consequences 56

Counterpoint: Legalized Gaming Benefits States and Communities 72

Point: Government Promotion of Gambling Is Bad Policy 88

Counterpoint: Government Policy Has Made Gaming Less Harmful 102

Conclusion: The Future of Legalized Gambling 115

Appendix Beginning Legal Research 130

Elements of the Argument 133

Notes 135

Resources 138

Index 140

Picture Credits 144

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