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Author Witt, John Fabian, author.

Title The accidental republic : crippled workingmen, destitute widows, and the remaking of American law / John Fabian Witt
Published Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2004


Description 1 online resource (311 pages)
Contents Introduction -- Crippled workingmen, destitute widows, and the crisis of free labor -- The dilemmas of classical tort law -- The cooperative insurance movement -- From markets to managers -- Widows, actuaries, and the logics of social insurance -- The passion of William Werner -- The accidental republic -- Conclusion
Summary Annotation In the five decades after the Civil War, the United States witnessed a profusion of legal institutions designed to cope with the nation's exceptionally acute industrial accident crisis. Jurists elaborated the common law of torts. Workingmen's organizations founded a widespread system of cooperative insurance. Leading employers instituted welfare-capitalist accident relief funds. And social reformers advocated compulsory insurance such as workmen's compensation. John Fabian Witt argues that experiments in accident law at the turn of the twentieth century arose out of competing views of the loose network of ideas and institutions that historians call the ideology of free labor. These experiments a century ago shaped twentieth- and twenty-first-century American accident law; they laid the foundations of the American administrative state; and they occasioned a still hotly contested legal transformation from the principles of free labor to the categories of insurance and risk. In this eclectic moment at the beginnings of the modern state, Witt describes American accident law as a contingent set of institutions that might plausibly have developed along a number of historical paths. In turn, he suggests, the making of American accident law is the story of the equally contingent remaking of our accidental republic
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Workers' compensation -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History
Accident law -- United States -- History
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
Accident law.
Workers' compensation -- Law and legislation.
LAW / Legal History
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780674045279