World War I and the American Constitution

TitleWorld War I and the American Constitution
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsRoss, William G.
Number of Pages394
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge, UK

The First World War profoundly affected the American political system by transforming constitutional law and providing the predicate for the modern administrative state. In this study, the author examines the social, political, economic and legal forces that generated this rapid change. He explains how the war increased federal and state economic regulatory powers, transferred power from Congress to the President, and altered federalism by enhancing the powers of the federal government. He also demonstrates how social changes generated by the war provided a catalyst for the expansion of personal liberties, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the rights of women, racial minorities, and industrial workers. Through a study of constitutional law, gender, race, economics, labor, the prohibition movement, international relations, civil liberties, and society, this book aims to contribute to general understanding of the development of the American Constitution.

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