Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Introduction: Statebuilding in the Progressive Era: A Continuing Dilemma in American Political Development

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pp. 1-31

This volume addresses statebuilding in the Progressive Era, and the years leading up to and immediately following it, by considering institutions, policy areas, reformers, and sites of development that have largely evaded the analytical gaze of researchers who explore the roots of the modern American...

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1: Making Citizens of Freedmen and Polygamists

Julie Novkov

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pp. 31-64

The post-Civil War years were busy ones for activists, government agents, and federal government lawyers. As the war ended, the Constitution was amended and Congress passed legislation to facilitate the shift of African Americans from bondsmen (and women) to free citizens. Freedmen’s Bureau agents operated...

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2: Demagogues and the Demon Drink: Newspapers and the Revival of Prohibition in Georgia

Marek D. Steedman

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pp. 65-94

On July 30, 1907, the Georgia House of Representatives voted by an overwhelming margin to pass a bill mandating statewide prohibition. The bill had already successfully cleared the state Senate, and the signature of Governor Hoke Smith was assured. Statewide prohibition would take effect on January...

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3: Statebuilding Through Corruption: Graft and Trash in Pittsburgh and New Orleans

Kathleen S. Sullivan and Patricia Strach

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pp. 95-117

Progressive Era cities faced garbage disposal problems. As mounting trash filled streets, dumps, and rivers, municipal officials in Pittsburgh and New Orleans considered a new and expensive solution, reduction, in which trash was converted into profitable byproducts such as grease and fertilizer.1 In...

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4: Developing the Animal Welfare State

Susan J. Pearson and Kimberly K. Smith

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pp. 118-139

No subject has been more marginal to scholarship on American political development than animals. Indeed, Stephen Skowronek’s seminal study of statebuilding is perfectly silent on the topic in spite of the fact that one of his major case studies is the army, an organization centrally concerned throughout the....

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5: Wildlife Protection and the Development of Centralized Governance in the Progressive Era

Ann-Marie Szymanski

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pp. 140-170

As scholars such as Elisabeth Clemens have demonstrated, statebuilding in the United States has never been a purely linear process. Over time, there has been no wholesale, systematic progression, culminating in the centralization of power in autonomous national agencies. Instead, political entrepreneurs...

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6: The House That Julia (and Friends) Built: Networking Chicago's Juvenile Court

Carol Nackenoff and Kathleen S. Sullivan

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pp. 171-202

At the turn of the twentieth century, reformers in Chicago, deeply concerned about social conditions and moral influences on children, created a juvenile court system. This innovation led to the extension of the juvenile court idea and other institutional efforts in child saving across the nation and gave rise...

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7: The Better Homes Movement and the Origins of Mortgage Redlining in the United States

James L. Greer

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pp. 203-236

In the second year of the New Deal, the federal government continued to grapple with the daunting economic problems of the Great Depression, especially with the ongoing problems of the nation’s financial system and the continuing plague of extensive unemployment. One of the most important pieces...

Notes

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pp. 237-294

List of Contributors

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pp. 295-298

Index

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pp. 299-312

Acknowledgments

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pp. 313-313