George Norris, Going Home: Reflections of a Progressive Statesmanby Gene A. Budig, Don Walton
After forty years of congressional service, five terms in the House and five in the Senate, George William Norris (1861–1944) was going home to Nebraska. Norris had lost the 1942 Senate race and felt the defeat keenly. But as his train rolled westward, he was forcefully reminded of what his legislative efforts had wrought, from the Tennessee Valley Authority
After forty years of congressional service, five terms in the House and five in the Senate, George William Norris (1861–1944) was going home to Nebraska. Norris had lost the 1942 Senate race and felt the defeat keenly. But as his train rolled westward, he was forcefully reminded of what his legislative efforts had wrought, from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to the Rural Electrification Act (REA), which brought power to the land unfolding before him. It is here that authors Gene A. Budig and Don Walton begin their journey with this great statesman, perhaps the last progressive Republican, a tireless champion of “public power” and the common man.
This book carries readers back through Norris’s career and accomplishments: the establishment of the TVA and the REA as well as the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution and the shaping of Nebraska’s unique unicameral legislature. Norris recalls the battles he waged, one of which landed him in John F. Kennedy’s Profiles in Courage, and the alliances he formed with leading political figures of his day, from Fiorello La Guardia to Franklin D. Roosevelt. The result is a contemporary perspective on a man who fiercely defended the public interest and followed his convictions to the lasting benefit of his state and his country.
"Nebraskans need to remember George Norris. He truly was one of our great citizens. This book is a very enjoyable journey through those memories."—Francis Moul, Lincoln Journal Star
"Although Nebraska has honored George W. Norris by inducting him into the Nebraska Hall of Fame, naming school districts and public power districts for him, and preserving his McCook home, this book will help Nebraskans and others remember why."—James E. Potter, Nebraska History
"George Norris, Going Home reveals Norris as an energetic visionary who fought passionately for the improvement of everyday American life for all citizens. This portrayal serves as a timely reminder of how much a good politican can accomplish."—Travis Amundson, Nebraska Life
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Meet the Author
Gene A. Budig has served as president of Illinois State University and West Virginia University and as chancellor at the University of Kansas. He is the author of numerous books, including Grasping the Ring: Nine Unique Winners in Life and Sports, available in a Bison Books edition. Don Walton is a political writer for the Lincoln Journal Star.
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