The People's Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth-century America

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1996 - Reference - 396 pages
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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. In The People's Welfare, William Novak refutes this vision
 

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William J. Novak’s The People’s Welfare: Law and Regulation in Nineteenth Century America explores the role of law in the early republic and how it defined public spaces and personal liberty. Novak ... Read full review

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Novak (history, Univ. of Chicago) has produced an extraordinarily important historical work on American government regulation in the 19th century. In contradiction to previous accounts of American ... Read full review

Contents

Governance Police and American Liberal Mythology
1
The Common Law Vision of a WellRegulated Society
19
Public Safety Fire and the Relative Right of Property
51
Public Economy The WellOrdered Market
83
Public Ways The Legal Construction of Public Space
115
Public Morality Disorderly Houses and Demon Rum
149
Public Health Quarantine Noxious Trades and Medical Police
191
The Invention of American Constitutional Law
235
NOTES
249
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
345
INDEX
375
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William J. Novak is associate professor of history at the University of Chicago.

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