Dr. Woodrow Wilson explains history and structure of governments in U.S., including local and state variations

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Dr. Woodrow Wilson’s informative, clear, and organized study of the basic structure and sharing of powers and responsibilities among governmental units in the United States, with explanation from interesting history—why townships and not counties? why states and not departments?—while comparing other nations and other eras. Active Table of Contents, linked footnotes, and original index and bibliography. Includes new introduction.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) was, famously, the 28th President of the United States, a wartime Commander-in-Chief, and winner of the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize. Before, he was president of Princeton University and the governor of New Jersey. Less famously, and earlier still, he was a practicing lawyer, an accomplished professor of political science and jurisprudence, and a prolific scholar and popular author. His books on civics, U.S. history, and presidential biography were used in classrooms for years. This book in particular, published in 1889 as part of a larger examination of history and governments the world over (The State), was a textbook that became a standard text for government classes in several different countries, including the U.S., for several decades. It still resonates in recounting the early histories of townships, towns, counties, courts, and states, and their variant structures and pasts—and in taking local and state government seriously, while detailing its purposes and variations across the nation, and not just the more-studied federal government (though certainly the federal government and its executive are summarized as well, before he embodied that office).

It remains an interesting read and a useful resource of a history of the first century of the U.S. and its constitutional framework, and an examination of the institutions and processes of government after Reconstruction and into the Progressive Era. The Constitution’s structures and norms are set out, and the sharing of power with courts and other polities examined. It is a vivid and compelling snapshot of the United States as a federalist system of powerful and proud states and localities—at a time when they were perceived, even after a bloody war to preserve the federal Union, as independent and functional in their own realms, and not some convenient geographic subdivision of a singular nation.

Still accessible to students or fans of history and government at several levels, Wilson’s enduring classic is presented in a quality digital format for the first time. Both his detailed Topical Analysis and the summary Table of Contents are linked, as are all footnotes. The text’s original section [paragraph] numbers are maintained throughout for ready reference and continuity of citation. Part of the Legal Legends Series from Quid Pro Books.

The Legal Legends Series offers quality digital editions of classic legal scholarship, adding active contents and linked footnotes, without formatting errors and misquotes common in such versions. Each book is painstakingly checked against original sources. All books in the Series embed the original section or page numbers for easy citation and classroom use. New Forewords place the works in historical context.

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ISBN-13: 2940011844812/ISBN: 0011844817  And new paperback edition:

ISBN-13: 9781610279949/ISBN: 1610279948

Also available in other digital editions at Amazon UK Kindle store, at Apple iTunes bookstore, and other ebook retailers.

See also Wilson’s Constitutional Government in the United States, his Congressional Government, and other Legal Legends books from Holmes, Warren & Brandeis, and Cardozo.