Southern Paternalism and the American Welfare State: Economics, Politics, and Institutions in the South, 1865-1965 available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
Combining insights from economics, political science, an history, Professors Alston and Ferrie show how the timing and extent of the growth of American welfare state from the Civil War until the mid-nineteen sixties was influenced by the southern agricultural elite. Before the mechanization of Southern agriculture, the rural landed interests had an economic incentive to keep labor cheap and dependent. They accomplished this through their disproportionate political power at the local, state, and national level, which enabled them to maintain a discriminatory legal environment and prevent federal interference in labor relations.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.43(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; Introduction; 1. The economics of paternalism; 2. The politics of maintaining paternalism; 3. Southern opposition to the Social Security Act; 4. Southern opposition to the farm security administration; 5. The Bracero program and wartime farm labour legislation; 6. Mechanization and the disappearance of paternalism; Conclusion; References; Index.