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- DescriptionAlthough Populist candidate William Jennings Bryan lost the presidential elections of 1896, 1900, and 1908, he was the most influential political figure of his era. In this astutely argued book, Gerard N. Magliocca explores how Bryan's effort to reach the White House energized conservatives across the nation and caused a transformation in constitutional law. Responding negatively to the Populist agenda, the Supreme Court established a host of new constitutional principles during the 1890s. Many of them proved long-lasting and highly consequential, including the separate but equal doctrine supporting racial segregation, the authorization of the use of force against striking workers, and the creation of the liberty of contract. The judicial backlash of the 1890s-the most powerful the United States has ever experienced-illustrates vividly the risks of seeking fundamental social change. Magliocca concludes by examining the lessons of the Populist experience for advocates of change in our own divisive times.
- Author BiographyGerard N. Magliocca is Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis.
- Author(s)Gerard N. Magliocca
- PublisherYale University Press
- Date of Publication02/05/2014
- SubjectNational Law: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew Haven
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintYale University Press
- Content Note15 scattered black-&-white illustrations
- Weight259 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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