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The Constitution and Public Policy in U.S. History
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Despite its crucial importance in U.S. history, the study of the constitutional system fell out of favor with many historians and history departments for several decades during the latter half of the twentieth century. The dawn of the twenty-first century, however, has borne witness to a new interdisciplinary interest among scholars in reviving this important dialogue in American history. This book represents some of the most innovative contributions to this dialogue by a new generation of historians and legal scholars. The essays presented in this volume offer new insights into constitutionalism, legal culture, and the political arena, together contributing to an “ongoing reconceptualization of the historical relationship between the Constitution and public policy.” In this volume of "Issues in Policy History," Julian Zelizer and Bruce Schulman bring together eleven essays from renowned scholars Mary Sarah Bilder, Donald T. Critchlow and Cynthia L. Stachecki, Christine Desan, Morton Keller, Ajay K. Mehrotra, David Quigley, John A. Thompson, Christopher Tomlins, and Michael Willrich. By applying new archival research to questions of policy history and embedding constitutional history in its political context, these scholars breathe new life into the study of public policy and reaffirm Woodrow Wilson’s conclusion that the Constitution’s “spirit is always the spirit of the age.”

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Editor’s Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Idea or Practice: A Brief Historiography of Judicial Review
  2. pp. 6-25
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  1. From Blood to Profit: Making Money in the Practice and Imagery of Early America
  2. pp. 26-46
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  1. Necessities of State: Police, Sovereignty, and the Constitution
  2. pp. 47-63
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  1. Constitutional Revision and the City: The Enforcement Acts and Urban America, 1870–1894
  2. pp. 64-75
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  1. “The Least Vaccinated of Any Civilized Country”: Personal Liberty and Public Heath in the Progressive Era
  2. pp. 76-93
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  1. Forging Fiscal Reform: Constitutional Change, Public Policy, and the Creation of Administrative Capacity in Wisconsin, 1880–1920
  2. pp. 94-112
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  1. Woodrow Wilson and a World Governed by Evolving Law
  2. pp. 113-125
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  1. The South Confronts the Court: The Southern Manifesto of 1956
  2. pp. 126-142
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  1. State Constitutionalism and the Death Penalty
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. The Equal Rights Amendment Reconsidered: Politics, Policy, and Social Mobilization in a Democracy
  2. pp. 157-176
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  1. Governance and Democracy: Public Policy in Modern America
  2. pp. 177-189
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 190-192
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