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Ruling Passions

Political Economy in Nineteenth-Century America Edited by Richard R. John
  • Copyright: 2006
  • Dimensions: 6 x 9
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-271-02897-2
  • Series Name: Issues in Policy History

In recent years, the Journal of Policy History has emerged as a major venue for scholarship on American policy history in the period after 1900. Indeed, it is for this reason that it is often praised as the leading outlet for scholarship on American political history in the world. Only occasionally, however, has it featured essays on the early republic, the Civil War, or the post–Civil War era. And when it has, the essays have often focused on partisan electioneering rather than on governmental institutions. The rationale for this special issue of the Journal of Policy History is to expand the intellectual agenda of policy history backward in time, so as to embrace more fully the history of governmental institutions in the period before 1900. The six essays in this volume contain much that will be new even for specialists in nineteenth-century American policy history, yet they are written in a style that is intended to be accessible to college undergraduates and historians unfamiliar with the period.

Richard R. John is Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is the author of Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse (1995) and many articles on the history of American public policy, business, and communications. He is currently completing a history of early American telecommunications.

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