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To Promote the General Welfare: The Case for Big Government

Steven Conn


Americans love to hate their government, and a long tradition of anti-government suspicion reaches back to debates among the founders of the nation. But the election of Barack Obama has created a backlash rivaled only by the anti-government hysteria that preceded the Civil War. Lost in all the Tea Party rage and rhetoric is this simple fact: the federal government plays a central role in making society function, and it always has. This book explores the many ways government programs have improved the quality of life in America. The chapters cover everything from education, communication, and t ... More

Keywords: anti-government, Barack Obama, Tea Party, WPA, G.I. Bill, Fulbright scholarships, student loans, education, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199858538
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199858538.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven Conn, editor
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, Professor and Director of Public History