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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: ContentsPreface Introduction: Governance, Police, and American Liberal Mythology Chapter 1. The Common Law Vision of a Well-Regulated Society Chapter 2. Public Safety: Fire and the Relative Right of Property Chapter 3. Public Economy: The Well-Ordered Market Chapter 4. Public Ways: The Legal Construction of Public Space Chapter 5. Public Morality: Disorderly Houses and Demon Rum Chapter 6. Public Health: Quarantine, Noxious Trades, and Medical Police Conclusion: The Invention of American Constitutional Law Notes Select Bibliography Index. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: 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 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 almost every aspect of America's society and economy, including fire regulations, inspection and licensing rules, fair marketplace laws, the moral policing of prostitution and drunkenness, and health and sanitary codes. Based on a reading of more than one thousand court cases in addition to the leading legal and political texts of the nineteenth century, The People's Welfare demonstrates the deep roots of regulation in America and offers a startling reinterpretation of the history of American governance.

Book Description: "Sophisticated and provocative, well-written, well-argued, and exhaustively researched . . . an important, useful, and controversial attempt to reorient our understanding of nineteenth-century American legal history."-- Law and Legal History

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