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People's Welfare Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-Century America

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ISBN-10: 0807846112

ISBN-13: 9780807846117

Edition: 1996

Authors: William J. Novak

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Much of today's political rhetoric decries the welfare state and our maze of government regulations. Critics hark back to a time before the state intervened so directly in citizens' lives. InThe People's Welfare, William Novak refutes this vision of a stateless past by documenting America's long history of government regulation in the areas of public safety, political economy, public property, morality, and public health. Challenging the myth of American individualism, Novak recovers a distinctive nineteenth-century commitment to shared obligations and public duties in a well-regulated society. Novak explores the by-laws, ordinances, statutes, and common law restrictions that regulated…    
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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/15/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 408
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

William J. Novak is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago.

Governance, Police, and American Liberal Mythology
The Common Law Vision of A Well-Regulated Society
Public Safety: Fire and the Relative Right of Property
Public Economy: the Well-Ordered Market
Public Ways: the Legal Construction of Public Space
Public Morality: Disorderly Houses and Demon Rum
Public Health: Quarantine, Noxious Trades, and Medical Police
Conclusion: The Invention of American Constitutional Law
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