Debates about poverty and inequality in the United States frequently invoke the early twentieth century as a time when new social legislation helped moderate corporate power. But as historian Daniel Amsterdam shows, the relationship between business interests and the development of American government was hardly so simple.
The efforts of businessmen on this front had deep historical roots but bore the most fruit during the 1920s, an era often misconstrued as an antigovernment moment. As Daniel Amsterdam illustrates, public spending soared across urban America during the decade due in part to businessmen's political activism. With a focus on three different cities Detroit, Philadelphia, and Atlanta and a host of political groups organized labor, machine politicians, African American and immigrant activists, middle-class women's groups, and the Ku Klux Klan
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Businessmen's Campaign for a Civic Welfare State
American Business, Politics, and Society
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