Liberty, Equality, and Justice: Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, and the Regulation of Business, 1865–1932 Paperback – August 28, 1997
by Ross Evans Paulson (Author)
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.
“Paulson’s analysis speaks to long-standing debates over the core values that define American society and the repeated attempts in America’s past to bring those values and that society into greater harmony through movements for social change.”—Nancy A. Hewitt, Duke University
“Paulson’s delicate interweaving of civil rights, women’s history, and business regulation causes the reader to reconsider the connectedness of strands of Gilded Age and Progressive Era social change that historians often keep separate. In elegant prose his thoughtful and compelling reinterpretation illuminates our understanding of the era in truly innovative ways.”—Stacy A. Cordery, Monmouth College
“Paulson’s work is a fine addition to our historical understanding of a central theme in American history—the priority of individual rights over collective welfare. This is an important book that will have an important historiographic impact.”—Kathryn Kish Sklar, SUNY Binghamton
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"Paulson's analysis speaks to long-standing debates over the core values that define American society and the repeated attempts in America's past to bring those values and that society into greater harmony through movements for social change."--Nancy A. Hewitt, Duke University.
Paperback: 376 pages
Publisher: Duke University Press Books; Text is Free of Markings edition (August 28, 1997)
Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
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