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Important People and Figures and their Significance to the Course Alexis de Tocqueville Upheld the sense of American Exceptionalism Known for his famous piece “Democracy in America” Coins the term “individualism” when examining America Showed the pronounced emphasis on the rights of the individual while still having a sense of communitarianism Different from common man of Western Europe, who had a high value of the self, but didn’t share same commitment to the common good His problems with American Democracy Too much power invested in the legislative branch, both federal and state Abuse of freedom, or disrespect of another’s freedom, or lack of concern for it Abusing the freedom of minorities/lack of freedom for minorities Excessive individualism, materialism Josef Stalin Mocked the idea of American Exceptionalism Thomas Jefferson Virginia planter elite, highly educated, owned hundreds of slaves Views on African-Americans Conceded Negroes were equal to whites in a moral sense, however had doubt about the intellectual abilities of blacks Thought that much of blacks’ ability was centralized in the body, as opposed to the mind Subscribed to the idea that blacks had a “Sambo” personality Sambo: Childish or savage He owned slaves of his own and had no problem with severely punishing slaves or selling them to the South He stated that slavery corrupted the morals of slaveholding society, but he was not one to attempt to end it at all Jefferson on Native Americans Realized that the Revolution was a disaster for the Native Americans Tribes began to ally with the British because they provided at least a slim chance of protecting their land, which antagonized the Americans’ view of Indians even more so Allowed Indians to be removed or assimilated, but would not allow them to stand in the way of American expansion Believed that they could be civilized and assimilated into their culture Jefferson on Government Saw America as a nation of small farmers Entertained the lifestyle of owning enough land to guarantee self-sufficiency and personal independence Supported a weak central government and strong state governments, essentially republicanism in its purest form Operated under strict constructionism: a literal interpretation of the Constitution Big supporter of the individual rights granted to citizens Believed that power should reside in the hands of common people Feared the permanent political class that Hamilton envisioned Jefferson on Economics Entailed limiting the government support of trade, finance and manufacturing sectors No central bank, no internal taxes Thought the government should pay off the national debt following the Revolutionary War, supported a balanced budget Jefferson’s ideas caught on well with the nation since they were so relatable to the people Jeffersonian Republicanism Supported the common man, but also believed that the best would rise to the upper tiers of power in society – a “natural aristocracy” These men would be the representatives of the People, acting in correspondence to the opinion of their People Distrusted the elitist system in place in Hamilton’s view of Republicanism Alexander Hamilton Grew up extremely intelligent and well educated Hamilton on Slavery Grew up in a slaveholding environment, but eventually associated with abolitionist John Jay, who could have influenced his ideas Believed that slavery relaxes/debases society Also believed that slavery was detrimental to the slave owning population due to its association with power and lust Became a member of Society for the Promotion of the Manumission of Slaves in New York Hamilton on Government Had a distrust for pure republicanism/common people; was more of a monarchist Pushed for a strong central government run by the wealthy and well-educated folk of the nation Adopted a “loose” interpretation of the Constitution Supported the “implied powers” of the federal government to use when necessary Also adopted the “checks and balances” system to restrain power Founded on the 3-branch system of government that the U.S. employs (executive, legislative, judicial) Hamilton on Economics Supported a diverse economy of agriculture, trade, finance, and manufacturing Pushed for a national bank to control monetary policy and a national debt system to establish credit Provided citizens with the opportunity to borrow money from the government “Report on Manufactures” Put tariffs on foreign goods Supported giving subsidies to domestic manufacturing Government should support business and commerce Crevecoeur Believed Americans were unlike any other people Crevecoeur’s “New American” Based off of analysis done in Nantucket, MA The New American was free, independent, resourceful, owned property “Animated by the spirit of industry” All had equal chance at success A communitarian, not ruggedly individualistic Americans transformed the European man The European man became liberated when he arrived in the open, new land of America Noted that the nation was a land of “rough equality,” enjoyed the idea of low taxes, equal opportunity, and the absence of powerful royalty Enjoyed the opportunity to change oneself that America provided Crevecoeur’s “American Hell” Based off of Charleston, SC That society was characterized by: Greed, inequality, self-indulgence Slavery completely influenced the morals and characteristics of the society Also concluded that the American Frontier invited selfishness that damaged society A haven for drunkenness, indolence, and indulgence in the unlawful land of the woods Crevecoeur’s Stance on the Revolution Was turned off by America’s initiation of the Revolution Viewed Patriots as too pushy and that they provoked unnecessary conflict Benjamin Franklin Quoted saying that nation would be featuring a “Republic, if you can keep it” Meant that there is no blueprint for it It was almost like an experiment at the time The government form also put a lot of trust in the people, which the framers were reluctant to do James Madison, George Washington, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton Key members of the Federalist movement in the early years of the USA Thomas Jefferson, James Madison (on both sides), Aaron Burr, John Randolph of Roanoke Key members of the Anti-Federalist movement in early years of USA Eli Whitney Invented the Cotton Gin in 1794 Revolutionized the cotton industry in the American South, and therefore put an increased importance on the institution of slavery Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun Formed the Compromise of 1850 Dred Scott Focal point of landmark Supreme Court case in 1857 that sparked more tension before the start of secession Case declares that the federal government is unable to block the expansion of slavery, but the states are able to decide on their own John Brown Famous for his raid of Harper’s Ferry in 1859, which is referred to as a proximate cause of the Civil War Abraham Lincoln Relatively unknown at the time of his election It was not Lincoln who caused the southern states to secede, it was the fact that the Republican party won Frederick Jackson Turner Founder of the Turner Thesis “The frontier is the line of most rapid Americanization.” Stated that coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and acquisitiveness, practical inventive turn of mind, and masterful grasp of material could all be attributed to the influence of the West The epitome of the U.S. Turner - The Frontier was the chief influence in shaping these aspects of American life: Social equality, growth of political democracy, nationalism, faith in the future, economic independence, safety valve for factory workers, invention, individualism Code of the West Honesty, Humility, courage, loyalty and hard work Honor: a man was only as good as his word “No Duty to Retreat”: imperative of self-redress The Rugged Individualist Jesse James, Al Capone Criminals that were idolized as heroes in American society Speaks to America’s fascination with criminality Albert Lasker “Father of Modern Advertising” Described advertising as salesmanship in print Known for marketing orange juice as the standard breakfast drink Edward Bernays Used psychological manipulation to engineer consent “Tapping into hidden desires and urges” Found most of his success with tobacco products “Torches of freedom” Started to use athletes to market products – Wheaties Margaret Sanger, Alice Paul, Florence Kelly Key proponents to feminist movement during the early 1900’s Helped define the “New Woman” – doing constructive and productive things in society Charles and Archibald Hodge Opposed Darwin’s ideas and the scientific movement Bible is “absolutely errorless and binding” Billy Sunday Used vibrant preaching tactics to promote the evangelist cause Clarence Darrow Attorney defending the modernist side in the Scopes Monkey Trial William Jennings Bryan Attorney defending the fundamentalist side in the Scopes Monkey Trial Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson Prominent televangelists that possess great power in the Republican party Huey Newton Prominent member of the Black Panthers Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael Prominent members of the Black Power Movement, which was not necessarily a part of the Civil Rights Movement Betty Friedan Wrote “The Feminine Mystique” Key face of the Women’s Movement in the 1960’s Katharine Switzer Ran in the Boston Marathon, attempting to break down the gender barrier Ronald Reagan Re-establishes Republican party in the presidency Gained extreme popularity, defeating the incumbent preside in a landslide election Emphasized low taxes, de-regulation and stronger stance against Communism “Morning in America” – his campaign brought conservative ideals back to government Key Events and Legislation to Know Boston Tea Party (1773) Resistance to Tea Tax Pushed for their right to be taxed by their own elected representatives Established the rebellious attitude of Americans that still exists today Articles of Confederation (1781) Featured a weak central government Influenced by the idea of local government, fear for tyranny Flirted with bankruptcy Shays Rebellion (1786) Illustrated how broken the Articles of Confederation were Government was not able to put down the rebellion Declaration of Independence (1776) Does not possess any force of law, but voices what America stands for Constitution (1787) “Fixed” the country and the federal government after the Articles of Confederation Largely a product of James Madison Constructed at the National Convention Slavery in the Constitution 3/5 ’s Clause: Counted slaves as 3/5 ’s of a person in the eyes of govt. Allowed the slave trade to be legal until at least 1808 Fugitive Slave Clause: required all runaway slaves to be returned to owner Bill of Rights (1787) Consists of the first 10 Amendments to the US Constitution Mainly dealt with the rights of the people and their protection from government Market Revolution (Early 1800’s) Represented the expansion of trade in agricultural products and manufactured goods Farmers were no longer just supplying for themselves but for people around the nation and around the world Led to a stronger transportation system around the nation (train, canal) Invention of the Cotton Gin (1794) Invented by Eli Whitney, the cotton gin made some people extremely wealthy, but forced an added burden on the slaves of the South Manifest Destiny (1845) Term was coined by John O’Sullivan Argues that it is America’s God-given destiny to take land Encourages the expansion of slavery Slavery expands to Texas and out into New Mexico territory by 1857 The First Sectional Crisis 1820: a time that featured 11 slaves states and 11 free states Argument exists over the expansion of slavery, not necessarily the existence of slavery There became a political equilibrium in the Senate, however the House was dominated by free states In 1819, Missouri, a slave state, applied for statehood This would have offset the balance of slave and free states The Missouri Compromise/The Compromise of 1820 Engineered by Henry Clay Allows Missouri to obtain statehood as a slave state However, Maine must also be admitted to the union as a free state to keep the balance The 36*30’ Line Any new state that joins the nation above the line, must be a free state Likewise, any state that join the nation below the line is a slave state Represented by where the Ohio meets the Mississippi Essentially suspends this “crisis” for a few more decades Expansion of Slavery (1836-1844) The “Gag Rule” Bans any petition “praying for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia or any state or territory” Also bans petitions against the slave trade between the states and territories of the US Compromise of 1850 Formed by Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John Calhoun Deals with the narrative of what to do when adding new states to the union Policies: California is established as a free state, upsetting the balance Utah and New Mexico had no restrictions on slavery at the time Federal Government assumed Texas’ debt before it was annexed Slave trade was banned in DC A new fugitive slave act was passed It is now the black’s responsibility to prove that he/she was not a slave whenever confronted by a white citizen Congress declared that it had no power to regulate interstate slave commerce Dred Scott (1857) Declares that the federal government is unable to block the expansion of slavery, but the states are able to decide on their own Blacks do not have any rights Civil War South’s Motives: not necessarily to “win” the war but to successfully secede Didn’t necessarily have to win the war to do so Proximate Causes of the war Uncle Tom’s Cabin, 1852 Bleeding Kansas, 1854 Republican Party, 1854 John Brown’s raid on Harper’s Ferry, 1859 Election of Lincoln, 1860 Secession of South Carolina, one month after Lincoln’s election in 1860 Lincoln’s call for troops Nadir: 1880-1920 Legalized discrimination in every southern state by 1910 Blacks and black legislators had helped significantly in setting the country back on the right track, but were rewarded with discrimination South Carolina had 39 black legislators in 1877, zero in 1900 Result of Jim Crow Laws Shows how whites dominated Reconstruction in almost every way Mississippi Plan Adopted by a state constitutional convention in 1890 in an attempt to keep blacks from voting th th Attempted to circumvent 14 and 15 Amendments Established policies like these to keep blacks from voting: Residency requirement to vote Poll tax: $2 Literacy test Understanding test Grandfather clause Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) Validated “Equal and separate”/separate but equal clause Mississippi v. Williams (1898) Validated the Mississippi Plan Immigration Laws 1790: Naturalization Act 2 year residency required for all immigrants Foreign-born free and white could become citizens 1795: Naturalization Act Immigrants required to live in the U.S. for 5 years 1868: 14 Amendment All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the States wherein they reside 1875: Page Act Prohibited the entry of undesirable immigrants Excludes all Chinese women (considered prostitutes) Restrictive Immigration Legislation 1882: Immigration Act Federalized immigration - 50 cent Head tax Banned “idiots, lunatics, convicts and person likely become a public charge.” 1882: Chinese Exclusion Act 1885: Contract Labor Law prohibits long term work contracts 1891: Immigration Act Excludes communicable diseases, mental disorders Ellis Island becomes official depot for first arrivals 1894: Immigration Restriction League formed Prompted by ideas of Social Darwinism Several anti-immigration bills passed in the senate 1903: Excludes radicals (socialists, communists, anarchists) 1903-1916: 13 separate legislative acts passed 1907: “Gentlemen’s Agreement” 1917: Immigration Act 1921: Johnson Emergency Quota Act Used 1910 Census, 3% quota requirement on 1910 ethnic population 1924: National Origins Act (a.k.a. Johnson-Reed Immigration Act) Lowers quota to 2% Based on 1890 census Immigration Reform Act of 1965 “Placed a new emphasis on reuniting families and granting asylum to refugees, while also favoring immigrants with desired skills and ending the longstanding preference for Western Europeans.” Abolishes most restrictions 170K immigrants in each year from Europe, Asia, Africa No more than 20K from a single country Preference to those whose immediate relatives are American citizens Amnesty Act of 1986 Adopted under Ronald Reagan’s presidency Gave amnesty to the illegal immigrants living in the U.S. Number of unauthorized immigrants soared 5 million in 1986 (estimated) to 11.1 million today (estimated) The Great Migration (1910 – 1920) Rural to urban population shift Mainly African-Americans 51% of blacks were outside South by 1950 5 million total by 1960 Sought a “richer and fuller life” Two popular destinations for blacks: Harlem, Chicago The Harlem Renaissance (1910’s – 1930’s) Cultural explosion that affects all of America A product of a “richer and fuller life” Produces a new awareness of the black population – “The New Negro” Eventually undermined by the Great Depression Great Awakening (1730-40) American Revolution was a product of the Great Awakening Ideas of the puritans Great Revival (1815-40) Also known as the Second Great Awakening People had begun to realize how American society had a lot to do with sins, questionable lifestyles Led to a cleansing period Sparked the movement to abolish slavery Christian Fundamental (1900) Interpretation of the bible came into question Led to a culture clash th 4 Great Awakening (1980-90) Led to a culture war Peaked with the impeachment of Bill Clinton Butler Act Tennessee Legislature passed a law making it illegal for a public school to teach any theory that denies the story of Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible.” Sets up the Scopes Trial 3 Eras of Welfare Progressive Movement (1890-1920) Reaction to industrial capitalism The New Deal (1933-1943) Reaction to the Great Depression The Great Society (1964-1968) Reaction to reform movements (poverty, discrimination, etc., amidst the highest standard of living ever New Deal - Franklin D. Roosevelt Set up dozens of programs that essentially represent an attempt to provide relief and jobs to the American people Also represented a sharp increase in the role of the federal government Pros Stabilized banking system and an economy that was on brink of disaster Extended relief to millions of citizens through direct payments or public works programs Provided means for recovery, regulatory reforms Gave government aid to African Americans Cons New Deal did not end the Great Depression Government monetary and fiscal policies under Hoover then FDR made things worse than they would have been High tariff, high interest rates, bad foreign loans The spending, high taxes, wage and labor policies all delayed recovery Counter to American tradition and self-image Great Society The War on Poverty - Idea of the Great Society was to improve the quality of living for everyone in the nation Pros Provided much-needed civil rights legislations Significantly reduced poverty, especially among the elderly Provided environmental, workplace, healthcare, consumer protection legislation, among other things Improved quality of life Extended Civil Rights to minorities Cons Created permanent underclass through welfare Created unwieldy federal bureaucracies Increased the national debt Brought government into the lives of the people Middle class entitlements unnecessary, possibly harmful Failed in its goals, especially in the war on poverty Soaring ‘60’s The decade represented a very prosperous time - unemployment at 3.5% If you graduated college, jobs would look for you, rather than you looking for a job, but only 10% graduated college The time represented an era of youth Points of rebellion Racial oppression, Civil Rights Protest movements Civil Rights Movement, Student Movement/New Left, Anti-War Movement, Women’s Movement, Gay Rights, among many other issues Societal revolution was sparked by activism within the government, namely the Supreme Court, as well as activism on the streets Segregation was ended after the Supreme Court ruled that “separate is inherently unequal,” referencing the “separate but equal” ruling from Plessy v. Ferguson Chief Justice Earl Warren led the court that came to this ruling and would prove to be a quite progressive justice in the years to come Citizens also took direct action - Rosa Parks, Sit-ins, Montgomery Bus Boycott Major Legislation during the Civil Rights era Civil Rights Act of 1964 Gave equal access to public accommodations, schools, places of employment Equality of voter registration Officially made blacks citizens 14 /15 Amendments had flaws to them Voting Rights Act of 1965 Voided literacy and understanding tests Designated areas for federal supervision Berkley Free Speech Movement Clearly influenced by the Civil Rights Movement Represented one of many movements that arose on college campuses Gay Rights Movement appears in the summer of 1969 Fights for gay liberation Argues that people should not have to hide their sexual orientation Anti-War Movement Far and away the largest protest in terms of numbers “Morning in America” – The Reagan Era Reagan re-establishes Republican party in the presidency Forms a revolution against the CounterCulture that had taken over American society Wins presidency in an absolute landslide against an incumbent president “The Reagan Revolution” Triumph of the “Southern Strategy” and rise to dominance of conservatism Emphasis in government on low taxes, de-regulation and stronger stance against Communism “Liberal” becomes a dirty word But, led to a split between social conservatives, libertarians and country club conservatives Hurricane Katrina - August 2005 Government was looked upon to provide help for victims Product of the New Deal The Tea Party Reaction to ObamaCare (despite S.S., Medicare), stimulus, TARP bailouts, Auto Industry bailout Opposed: Health care, tax increase on wealthy, financial reform, economics, environmental national security Other Terms/Concepts to Know Seeds of future conflict contained in American Revolution Class, race, religion Demographic and economic forces undermined paternalistic nature of society Yeomanry less dependent on aristocratic planters Citizens had economic independence Evangelical religion: religious dissent became political dissent A rebellious sense among the American people existed Evidenced even as recent as the Obama administration Boston Tea Party (1773), “Sons of Liberty” American Patriots – who were they? Citizen soldiers, free men and women Solid, hard-working yeomanry Enlightened intellectuals who despised slavery Essentially, people of all types Why did the colonists rebel? People were already in the process of unrest “Anger rather than enlightened debate defined the political movement.” Localism and self-government and relative isolation bred Colonists With Attitudes Violence characterized colonial society - Rebellions, riots, tarring and feathering, mobbing, religious violence, Indian massacres, slavery “Mobocracy” Referred to the undisciplined, immoral American society at time of Revolution Feared by the Founding Fathers Constitution was conservatively written as a result Possessed a fear for government run by the undisciplined people Why did Britain lose the Revolutionary War Distance US was decentralized, couldn’t pinpoint where to attack Size (territorially) of the US was massive compared to Great Britain Changes after the Revolution Demographic Problem of slavery Loyalists went either to Canada or back to Britain Westward expansion Led to the Indian problem, higher populated areas in places like Kentucky Freedom became the main dynamic Economic North vs. South dichotomy Political Articles of Confederation States own the majority of the power Power to tax is with the states The republic is weak National Convention Formed the Constitution Republicanism Highlights liberty and inalienable rights as central values Is able to support an activist government Prohibits inherited power Expects citizens to exercise individual power Factions over Federalism An argument about where the power should lie in America Federalist Supported a stronger national government, more connected union Included Madison, Washington, John Adams, Hamilton Formed into the Federalist Political Party, but dissipated by the Election of 1820 and turned into the Whig party Much later, it would form into the Republican Party Anti-Federalist Opposed national/consolidated principles, supported states rights over national power Supported the principle of the Articles of Confederation Included Jefferson, Madison, Burr, John Randolph of Roanoke, Jeffersonians, Became known as the Jeffersonian Republicans, then the Democratic Republicans, then finally the Democratic Party Why slavery increased in the South and decreased in the North South Slavery was a massive element to the economy Slave trade was cut off, making slaves more expensive Had an agrarian economy, which was more labor intensive North Industrial economy Labor was done by machine mainly Manifest Destiny Term was coined by John O’Sullivan in 1845 Argues that it is America’s God-given destiny to take land Encourages the expansion of slavery Slavery expands to Texas and out into New Mexico territory by 1857 States rights, as viewed by the South Fundamental to the Southern point of view Acts as the central rationale for secession South thought these rights were being swallowed up by central power Supported by the 10 Amendment of the Constitution Any power not specifically given to the federal government is given to the states States rights as viewed by the North Also embraced States Rights Refused to enforce Fugitive Slave Act Support of the Underground Railroad Moral issues at hand South was apologetically calling slavery a “Peculiar institution” The view changed from a “necessary evil” to a “positive good” Three Elements of Reconstruction Economic Political Racial Growing abolitionist sentiment White Supremacy Factors Scientific racism Phrenology, Crainometry, Intelligence = IQ tests These tests were often extremely biased Social Darwinism: “Survival of the fittest” Laissez-faire: economics and government: allows natural order of things Self-reliance “Rugged individualism” Localism Tradition and violence flourish New Creed of the South Progress through uniformity Savage Ideal The mindset to maintain white supremacy by any means necessary Southern Rape Complex African-Americans were viewed as a sexual threat to white women This notion was not necessarily backed up by much evidence Edgefield Policy Savage ideal in action - Gave white men the responsibility to do whatever is necessary to maintain control in the black population Racial Violence Lynching Killing off black elected officials Occurred once every two and a half days Iron Age of American history Spurred by the Civil War Post-Civil War Exports 3x, Population 2x , Standard of living 2x Railroads were a key factor Industries based in or near cities, or industrial towns became common place Led to large corporations and monopolies Industrial capitalism rises to absolute power Industry is developed in Urban Centers Centrifugal force of industrialization expanded industrialism and the power of businessmen everywhere Centripetal force brought more people into centers from which power radiated – cities Urban America Industrialization created cities and gave them a new and alien character, fueled by immigration A small percentage of the population became extremely wealthy Population went from 6 million to 44 million Chaos, crime, consumption Huge foreign-born population Immigration The immigration era in America was the greatest voluntary migration in human history Pre-Civil War Immigration British, western European, Northern European, African, Hispanic, Asia New Immigrant stock Central Europe, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe/Russia, Asia Religion among immigrant shifted from protestant to Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Buddhist, Confuscian Motives for migration Push factors Land consolidation Commercial farming Industrialization Religious and political persecution Often applied to Russian Jews Pull Factors Higher wages Higher standard of living Better Opportunity More freedom Often considered to be temporary migration Xenophobia Fear, dislike of foreigners; often irrational Nativism Policy or ideology of protecting native inhabitants, indigenous culture, etc., against immigrants and foreign influence Every wave of immigration has produced nativism Africans in the 1770s Germans in the 1780s and 1830s Irish in the 1840s Code of the West Honesty, Humility, courage, loyalty and hard work Honor: a man was only as good as his word A man is loyal to his friends and those he rides with “No Duty to Retreat”: imperative of self-redress Duty to Retreat” A command to avoid physical conflict between individuals Intended to produce civility Adopted in England Not in America “A man is not born to run away” Right to kill in self-defense is a modern concept “One of the most important transformations in American social history” Modern Advertising Coca-Cola was the first to start advertising Prior to 1920’s, ads were dry and dull Designed to make people aware of new products Emphasized functionality Tools like manipulation started to be used The New Woman Wore dresses that were a radical shift from their parents Led to the nickname “flappers” Represented the people “flaunting the new times” Received with much backlash by the media Changed the ground rules for college Women college attendance began to rapidly increase Traditionalism Reaction to changing circumstances Upholding “tradition” Concrete, long-existing standards Change not always good Veneration of institutions Past sets the pattern Modernism Reaction to changing circumstances New conditions require new standards Change is positive But old standards are not always good Looks to the future Threats to traditional values Prayer in schools Engel v. Vitale (1960) Sex Education in Schools/pornography Feminism 50% of marriages end in divorce Destruction of the nuclear family Abortion Roe V. Wade Catholics, Protestants, Jews unite Gay Rights Fundamentalism Denotes someone who is serious about their religion A fundamentalist is unwaveringly attached to a core set of beliefs Conservative, but also modern Sought to preserve traditional values in a new scientific landscape Rejected biology, physics, explanations for the origin of life, etc. Possessed a priority of mythos over logos Mythos: myth, mythology Logos: a pragmatic mode of thought The Welfare state Concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the economic and social well-being of its citizens “Cradle-to-grave” protection Rejects laissez-faire economics “Every American deserves a Square Deal from his government” – Theodore Roosevelt Pushes for equality of opportunity The “Liberal” Welfare State A means-tested assistance Compared to the rest of the world it is a modest social welfare Benefits cater to a clientele of low-income Entitlement rights Benefits are kept at a modest level to minimize the entitlements that are given to citizens “Social democratic” Welfare State Promotes equality of the highest standards, not of minimal needs High de-commodification (entitlements), universal programs One universal insurance system All benefit, all are dependent, and all will have an incentive to pay their taxes, which are usually extremely high to gain so many benefits Basic Welfare in the United States Provides temporary relief Programs to assist the unemployed or underemployed poor Programs TANF – Temporary assistance for needy families Medicaid WIC – Women, Infants, and Childran Program SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program AFDC – Aid to Families with Dependent Children, 1935-96 Section 8 housing 3 Stages of Welfare Progressive Movement (1890-1920) Reaction to industrial capitalism The New Deal (1933-1943) Reaction to the Great Depression The Great Society (1964-1968) Reaction to reform movements (poverty, discrimination, etc., amidst the highest standard of living ever Progressivism Featured three presidents: Teddy Roosevelt, Taft, Woodrow Wilson Produced the Pure Food and Drug Act (FDA), Meat Inspection Act, ICC (Interstate Commerce Commission), Department of Commerce and Labor, FTC (Federal Trade Commission), Labor/Child Labor Laws Also led to: Direct election of U.S. Senators, Women’s Suffrage, Federal Income Tax, Conservation areas/national parks Results of the Progressive Movement Curtailment of laissez-faire capitalism Widespread social reform movements (Mostly private) Challenged Social Darwinism Rise of regulatory/bureaucratic government (positive state) Most problems solved or at least reduced in severity The Great Depression 9,000 Banks failed, industrial production fell 47%, GDP fell 30%, wholesale price index fell 33%, money supply shrank by 1/3, 15 million unemployed Lasted roughly 11 years Civil Rights Literally, they are the “rights of a citizen” Six Principles of Conservatism Deep suspicion of the power of the state Preference for liberty over equality Patriotism Belief in established institutions and hierarchies Skepticism about the idea of progress Elitism
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