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This examination of the relationship of the economy to political process in the United States from 1877 to 1916 shows how the railroad industry encouraged and relied on national politics to solve its economic problems, and created a precedent for government regulation of the economy in the twentieth century. The continuity in governmental regulation from 1877 to 1900, in the Progressive Era, and in the administrations of Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson are pointed out. The origin of each major federal railroad act and contending forces is analyzed. Federal regulation of the railroads, probably the most important example of federal intervention in the economy from the Civil War to World War I is used as a key in reassessing the motives behind Progressivism.

Originally published in 1965.

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Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. I. In Quest of Stability, 1877-1883
  2. pp. 7-29
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  1. II. Agitation for a Federal Railroad Law, 1884-1886
  2. pp. 30-44
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  1. III. Formative Years of the Interstate Commerce Commission, 1887-1890
  2. pp. 45-63
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  1. IV. Competition and Crises: The Failure of Regulation, 1891-1897
  2. pp. 64-83
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  1. V. The Movement for Reform, 1898 Through the Elkins Act
  2. pp. 84-101
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  1. VI. Pressures for Railroad Legislation, 1903-1905
  2. pp. 102-126
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  1. VII. The Hepburn Act
  2. pp. 127-154
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  1. VIII. Theodore Roosevelt and Regulation, 1906-1908
  2. pp. 155-176
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  1. IX. Freight Rates, Politics, and the President, 1909-1912
  2. pp. 177-207
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  1. X. Woodrow Wilson and the Triumph of Federal Control, 1913-1916
  2. pp. 208-230
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781400878741
Related ISBN(s)
9780691041674, 9780691624549, 9780691651125
MARC Record
OCLC
966762270
Pages
282
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No

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