Internal Improvement: National Public Works and the Promise by John Lauritz Larson

By John Lauritz Larson

whilst the folks of British North the US threw off their colonial bonds, they sought greater than freedom from undesirable executive: lots of the founding iteration additionally wanted the liberty to create and luxuriate in strong, well known, responsive govt. This ebook strains the valuable factor on which early american citizens pinned their hopes for optimistic govt action--internal development.

The nation's early republican governments undertook a variety of inner development tasks intended to guarantee americans' safety, prosperity, and enlightenment--from the construction of roads, canals, and bridges to the institution of universities and libraries. yet aggressive struggles finally undermined the interstate and interregional cooperation required, and the general public soured at the inner development flow. Jacksonian politicians seized this chance to advertise a extra libertarian political philosophy in preference to activist, confident republicanism. through the 1850s, the USA had became towards a laissez-faire method of coverage that, mockingly, assured extra freedom for capitalists and marketers than ever predicted within the founders' innovative republicanism.

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