To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government

Paperback | July 5, 2012

EditorSteven Conn

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Americans love to hate their government. There is a long tradition of anti-government suspicion that goes back all the way to the founding of the nation. The election of Barack Obama, however, has created one the largest backlashes against government in our history. Tea partiers, fueled bytalk radio and cable TV demagogues, have created a political atmosphere of anger and hostility toward our government rivaled perhaps only by the pre-Civil War era of the 1850s.Lost at the Tea Party rallies and in talk radio fulminations, however, is this simple fact: the federal government plays a central role in making our society function, and it always has.This book is a collection of essays to remind Americans of that fact. Written by some of the nation's foremost and most engaging scholars, this book considers ten key aspects of American life - from education, to communication, to housing, and health - and charts the way the federal government hascontributed to American progress and everyday life. Essential - and fun - reading for anyone who wants to understand our political history and our political present, it will help inform the choices we must make about our future.

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Americans love to hate their government. There is a long tradition of anti-government suspicion that goes back all the way to the founding of the nation. The election of Barack Obama, however, has created one the largest backlashes against government in our history. Tea partiers, fueled bytalk radio and cable TV demagogues, have create...

Steven Conn is Professor and Director of Public History at Ohio State University. He is the author of Do Museums Still Need Objects?; Metropolitan Philadelphia: Living with the Presence of the Past; and History's Shadow: Native Americans and Historical Consciousness in the Nineteenth Century, among other works. He is the founding edit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Brian Balogh: Looking for Government in All the Wrong Places2. Richard R. John: From Franklin to Facebook: The Civic Mandate for American Communications3. Zachary M. Schrag: "Roads Will Everywhere Be Shortened": Transportation and the Uniting of the Nation4. Michael S. Barr: Banking on Government: The Federal Role in Credit, Finance and Banking5. Kevin Boyle: One Third of a Nation: Big Government and the Search for Security6. Thomas J. Sugrue: How the Federal Government Built the American Dream7. Karen Kruse Thomas: From Hook Worm to HIV: Solving the Nation's Number One Health Problem(s)8. Jon Zimmerman: Uncle Sam at the Blackboard: The Federal Government and American Education9. Steven Conn: Art and Culture in the Public Interest10. Paul C. Light: Government's Greatest Hits in Peril