The Issue of Federal Regulation in the Progressive Era

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For the best surveys of the Progressive Era, see George E. Mowry, The Era of Theodore Roosevelt, 1900-1912 ( New York: Harper, 1958) and Arthur S. Link, Woodrow Wilson and the Progressive Era, 1912- 1917 ( New York: Harper, 1954). Harold U. Faulkner The Decline of Laissez Faire, 1897-1917, vol. VII of Henry David, et al., eds., The Economic History of the United States ( New York: Holt, 1951) contains especially valuable bibliographical material and provides the emphasis on economic history which is of particular use to students of Federal regulatory activities, although in view of historians' destruction of the myth of nineteenth-century laissez faire the title is perhaps inappropriate. Solomon Fabricant The Trend of Government Activity in the United States Since 1900 (Princeton, N.J.: National Bureau of Economic Research, 1952) deals with activities on all levels of government, not specifically with Federal regulation, and provides indispensable statistical material for any study of the role of government in the American political economy. Samuel Hays, The Response to Industrialism, 1885- 1914 ( Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1957) and Richard Hofstadter, The Age of Reform: From Bryan to F.D.R. ( New York: Knopf, 1955) are valuable interpretive essays which treat the issues of progressivism from original perspectives. Sidney Fine, Laissez-Faire and the General Welfare State: A Study of Conflict in American Thought, 1865-1901 ( Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1956) presents an excellent analysis of the discrepancy between American rhetoric and practice.

William Z. Ripley, Railroads: Finance and Organization ( New York: Longmans, 1915) is the companion work to his volume excerpted here; his Railroad Problems ( Boston: Ginn, rev. ed., 1913) is also useful. Ripley also edited a collection of incisive contemporary studies on Trusts, Pools, and Corporations ( Boston: Ginn, 1905), while a more recent synthesis of Federal policy toward the "trusts" may be found in Hans B. Thorelli, Federal Anti-Trust Policy: Origination of an American Tradition ( Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1955). I. L. Sharfman, The Interstate Commerce Commission, 5 vols. ( New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1931-37); Thomas C. Blaisdell Jr., Federal Trade Commission: An Experiment in the Control of Business ( New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1932); Gerard C. Henderson, The Federal Trade Commission ( New Haven: Yale Univ. Press, 1925); and Henry Parker Willis, The Federal Reserve System ( New York: Ronald Press, 1923) treat the major Federal regulatory agencies. Don D. Lescohier and Elizabeth Brandeis , History of Labor in the United States, 1896-1932 ( New York: Macmillan, 1935), the third volume in John R. Commons' four-volume study, provides the standard treatment of nonunion labor and labor legislation history for the period. Theodore Saloutos and John D. Hicks, Agricultural Discontent in the Middle West, 1900-1939 ( Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1951) and Carl C. Taylor, The Farmers Movement, 1620-1920 ( New York: American Book, 1953) present original treatment of the agriculture problem.

For contemporary progressive theory concerning the role of the

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