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The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law

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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 ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Harvard University Press (first published 2004)
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Frank Stein
Jan 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

The takeaway here is that workman's compensation legislation, sponsored by social reformers and passed by almost all states during the nineteen-teens, became the model for most subsequent social legislation, and itself involved a revolution in the way lawyers and judges thought about harm and responsibility. It's a great look at the intersections of legal, political, and philosophical thought.

Some of the sections here, such as those on cooperative insurance and managerial "Taylorism" (the creati
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Who knew a book about workers compensation could be so fascinating? Excellent read.
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