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Southern Paternalism and the American Welfare State: Economics, Politics, and Institutions in the South, 1865-1965
     

Southern Paternalism and the American Welfare State: Economics, Politics, and Institutions in the South, 1865-1965

by Joseph P. Ferrie, Lee J. Alston
 

ISBN-10: 0521035791

ISBN-13: 9780521035798

Pub. Date: 05/28/2007

Publisher: 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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521035798
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/28/2007
Series:
Political Economy of Institutions and Decisions Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
184
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.

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