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Congress, Progressive Reform, and the New American State by Robert Harrison

By Robert Harrison

This sequence of case-studies of reform laws in Congress through the early 20th century explores the character of progressivism and the methods of political switch which ended in the institution of the trendy American country. one of the issues lined are railroad legislation, exertions kin, social coverage of the District of Columbia, Republican insurgency, and the character of Democratic progressivism. The paintings should be of curiosity to scholars of twentieth-century political historical past, the heritage of Congress, and the origins of the trendy American kingdom.

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House of Representatives,” American Political Science Review 63 (1969): 791–802; Ch’iu, Speaker, 68–71; Michael Abram and Joseph Cooper, “The Rise of Seniority in the House of Representatives,” Polity 1 (1969): 53–85. Mann quoted in James H. Davidson to John Jacob Esch, 28 September 1907, Esch MSS, SHSW; Abram and Cooper, “Rise of Seniority,” 68–9; Walter Dean Burnham, Critical Elections and the Mainsprings of American Politics (New York, 1970), 100–6. But cf. Price, “Careers and Committees,” 45–57.

Who took strategic decisions were, besides the Speaker, the majority members of the Rules Committee, John Dalzell and Charles Grosvenor, and the floor leader Sereno E. Payne, who was also chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. To these may be added James Tawney, who chaired the other top-ranking committee, Appropriations; James E. 3) were potent political chieftains in their own right, but their influence did not extend far beyond their area of expertise. By its nature, the committee system turned members’ activity into narrow channels.

Gilfillan, 11 June 1906, Spooner Letterbooks, LC. , “How to Spend a Billion Dollars,” Outlook 93 (9 October 1909): 297–302. Draft of speech, Box 110, Victor Murdock MSS, LC; George Norris, Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris (New York: Macmillan, 1945), 95–7. Cf. Mark Sullivan, “The People’s One Chance in Two Years,” Collier’s 24, no. 5 (6 March 1909): 15. Albert J. Beveridge to L. C. Hughes, 24 November 1906, Beveridge MSS, LC; Blair Bolles, Tyrant from Illinois: Uncle Joe Cannon’s Experiment with Personal Power (New York: Norton, Congress and the Nation 19 The sheer weight of business necessitated some means of preliminary evaluation and selection.

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