November 17, 2016

William G. Ross's New Book on World War I and the American Constitution (Cambridge University Press)

William G. Ross, Samford University School of Law, is publishing World War I and the American Constitution (Cambridge University Press, 2017). Here is a description of the book's contents from the publisher's website.
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 groundbreaking study, William G. Ross examines the social, political, economic and legal forces that generated this rapid change. Ross 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 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 provides a major contribution to our understanding of the development of the American Constitution.

Analyzes both the economic and non-economic aspects of federal and state regulation during the First World War

Draws on extensive research and a range of original primary source materials

Provides a fresh perspective on the development of the American Constitution

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