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Birthplace of Bureaus: The United States Treasury Department; A Compendium of Treasury Organizations from 1789 to Present

Walston, Mark

ISBN 10: 0615856918 / ISBN 13: 9780615856919
Published by Treasury Historical Association, Washington DC, 2013
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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v, [1], 108 pages. Illustrations. Index. Mark Walston is an award-winning writer, historian, creative director, poet, playwright, author of nine books and more than 300 essays and articles exploring a broad range of American social, cultural and historical topics. His broad experience and varied background includes tenures as historian for federal, state and local governments; writer and editor for public, private and non-profit organizations; and creative director for advertising agencies and marketing firms. He has produced complex, integrated campaigns for some of the world's best-known social-mission organizations, from Amnesty International to UNICEF. The history of the Treasury Department is, in many ways, the story of America itself, an engaging tale of how a nation grows from the teetering first steps of self-governance to the bold strides of a world leader moving assuredly through an increasingly complex global society. As the third-born of the family of federal departments - but first out in the field - Treasury became an experiment in bureaucracy, born of inexperienced parents, raised by forefathers of broad imagination but unlearned in how best to manage a nation. But as both America and its Treasury matured in the first half of the 19th century, the department grew to become arguably the most important of all federal entities, eclipsing both State and War in the early triumvirate of departments, a wide-reaching organization that, with miraculous efficiency, cared for the country through an ever-expanding roster of bureaus, from the US. Customs Service in 1789 to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in 1862, from the U.S. Mint in 1792 to the U.S. Secret Service in 1865, from the Internal Revenue Service in 1862 to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency in 1863, from the Bureau of the Public Debt in 1940 and the U.S. Savings Bonds Division in 1945 to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in 1970 and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms in 1973, from the Financial Management Service in 1974 and the Office of Thrift Supervision in 1989, down to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network in 1990. Two seismic occurrences in the history of the federal government would shake up the happy family of bureaus. In 1903, the Department of Commerce and Labor was created, and a number of long-time Treasury bureaus would be transferred to the new entity, including the Coast Survey, the Office of Standard Weights and Measures and the Bureau of Statistics. One hundred years later, in 2003, the Department of Homeland Security would be established, taking with it such Treasury stalwarts as the Customs Service, the Secret Service and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. But like the nation it served, Treasury carried on through the changes, caring for the nation in so many ways. In the statistics of the Treasury Department resides the financial history of America, a wondrous account of the material progress of a nation from its beginning, from its dependent state as a main importer of goods to its dominant state as exporter to the world. In 1796, the nation exported products valued at $67 million; by 1866, America was exporting nearly $2 billion worth of goods - quite remarkable growth in a relatively short span. But the bureaus of the Treasury Department served the county in innumerable ways beyond financial. Bookseller Inventory # 73942

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Title: Birthplace of Bureaus: The United States ...

Publisher: Treasury Historical Association, Washington DC

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very good

Edition: Presumed First Edition, First printing.

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