How Big Government Won the West Stephen J. Rockwell

ISBN: 9781626754072

Published: February 1st 2015

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40 pages


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How Big Government Won the West  by  Stephen J. Rockwell

How Big Government Won the West by Stephen J. Rockwell
February 1st 2015 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 40 pages | ISBN: 9781626754072 | 7.80 Mb

This essay argues that big government began in Americas earliest days-- despite our founding myth of small government and limited federal activity. The essay addresses the federal governments indispensable role in land acquisition, its regulationMoreThis essay argues that big government began in Americas earliest days-- despite our founding myth of small government and limited federal activity.

The essay addresses the federal governments indispensable role in land acquisition, its regulation of the fur trade, and its roles in managing defense, trade, and social policies. Complementing a wave of new scholarship, How Big Government Won the West offers a brief and compelling look at governance in the republics first century. Rockwell addresses numerous examples of federal government activity in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: government-run trading houses designed to drive American Indians into debt, thus forcing land cessions- the federal response to the Whiskey Rebellion- the cost of the Louisiana Purchase- the construction of the National Road- the building of seacoast fortifications- the tragedy of Indian Removal- the terror of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850- and federal initiatives addressing health, welfare, veterans pensions, the mails, and disaster relief.

How Big Government Won the West is designed for use in college and high school classrooms, where it can serve as a basis for debate over the scope and influence of the federal government in the nineteenth century.



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