A short bibliography

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Those interested in reading about the history of workers’ compensation have several contemporary titles to which to turn. The leading treatment is A Prelude to the Welfare State: The Origins of Workers’ Compensation (2000), by economic historians Fishback and Kantor. The most recent, meanwhile, is Yale Law Professor John Fabian Witt’s The Accidental Republic: Crippled Workingmen, Destitute Widows, and the Remaking of American Law (2004). In this note, the author provides a short bibliography of the essential literature on the history and evolution of workers’ compensation. The intent of this essay is to provide the reader a guide to the impressive number of historical treatments of workers’ compensation that have been published over the last few years. Some of these items treat the issue of workers’ compensation broadly, others narrowly, and still others are oriented to the allied fields of occupational and industrial medicine.