Alternative Tracks: The Constitution of American Industrial by Gerald Berk

By Gerald Berk

Alternative Tracks presents a unique interpretation of industrialization and political improvement within the usa. concentrating on the severe case of railroads, Gerald Berk exhibits that replacement different types of fiscal association and governmental law existed within the overdue 19th century. Constitutional offerings, no longer technological imperatives or fiscal pursuits, made up our minds the result within the 20th century: a centralized regulated in keeping with liberal rules of redistribution. Alternative Tracks unearths a nineteenth-century rival to this political economy―an both effective and extra democratic procedure of local railroads regulated in accordance with republican principles.

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