Liberty, Equality, and Justice: Civil Rights, Women's Rights, and the Regulation of Business, 1865-1932

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Duke University Press, 1997 - 361 Seiten
Liberty, equality, and justice have long been treasured in American culture as core values. In Liberty, Equality, and Justice, Ross Evans Paulson studies social and intellectual changes in a critical period of American history—from the end of the Civil War to the early days of the Depression—and argues that attempts to achieve civil rights, women’s rights, and the regulation of business faltered because so many Americans ranked liberty for themselves higher than equality with others and justice for all.
Surveying a crucial period in the formation of the modern state and society, Paulson examines the prevailing conflicts of the time and the limitations of various attempts to institute reform, radical change, or ritualistic renewal of American society. His reading of existing scholarship highlights contested social constructs, clashing priorities, changing meanings of key terms, and shifting institutional dynamics in light of their contributions to a complex tragedy in which all parties fell short of the demands for democratic mutuality. Along with discussions of the movements and manipulations of presidential, congressional, and judicial politics, he integrates the experiences of diverse populations—including African Americans, women, Asian immigrants, Native Americans, and working people—and offers a new interpretation of the ways in which social change and political events interact to reframe the many possibilities of American society.

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Part Old Languages and New Realities
15
From Congressional Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Cases of 1883
29
Chapter 4
42
High Hopes Failed Promises
71
Unity and Diversity in the Search for Womens Rights 18881898
86
Chapter 7
101
New Languages and Old Realities
115
Progressivism Socialism and the Gospel
129
Chapter 12
165
From Civil Liberty to Civil Liberties 19141928
178
Chapter 14
191
Which Way for Civil Rights? Separation and Cooperation in the Jazz
204
Progressivism in Transition and on Trial 19241932
218
Afterword
231
Notes
247
Bibliography
311

Chapter 10
141
Lobbying and Institutional Change
153

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Ross Evans Paulson is Professor of History Emeritus at Augustana College and author of numerous books, including Women’s Suffrage and Prohibition.

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