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Title To promote the general welfare : the case for big government / edited by Steven Conn.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, ©2012.

Subject United States -- Social policy -- 19th century.
United States -- Social policy -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Alt Name Conn, Steven.
Description 1 online resource (xvii, 233 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Looking for government in all the wrong places / Brian Balogh -- Transportation and the uniting of the nation / Zachary M. Schrag -- Uncle Sam at the blackboard : the federal government and American education / Jonathan Zimmerman -- Banking on government / Elizabeth Tandy Shermer -- Helmets : government power and the promise for security / Kevin Boyle -- The right to a decent home / Thomas J. Sugrue -- Solving the nation's number one health problem(s) / Karen Kruse Thomas -- Culture for the people : how government has fostered the arts and culture / Steven Conn -- From Franklin to Facebook : the civic mandate for American communications / Richard R. John -- From endeavor to achievement and back again : government's greatest hits in peril -- Notes -- Contibutors -- Index.
Summary Lost in all the Tea Party rage and rhetoric is this simple fact: the federal government plays a central role in making our society function, and it always has. The essays in this volume explore the many ways government programs have improved the quality of life in America. From education, communication, and transportation to arts and culture, housing, finance, and public health, they explore how and why government programs originated, how they have worked and changed-- and been challenged-- since their inception, and why many of them are important to preserve.
"Americans love to hate their government, but the simple fact is that the federal government plays a central role in making our society function, and it always has. Edited by Steven Conn and written by some of America's leading scholars, the essays in To Promote the General Welfare explore the many ways government programs have improved the quality of life in America. Covering everything from education, communication, and transportation to arts and culture, housing, finance, and public health, this book explains how and why government programs originated, how they have worked and changed--and been challenged--and why many of them are important to preserve."--Page 4 of cover.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780199858545 (electronic bk.)
0199858543 (electronic bk.)
9781283848480 (MyiLibrary)
1283848481 (MyiLibrary)
9780199858552
0199858551
9780199858538
0199858535
OCLC # 820009817
Additional Format Print version: To promote the general welfare. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, ©2012 9780199858552 (DLC) 2011053397 (OCoLC)768168279