The Tragedy of William Jennings Bryan: Constitutional Law and the Politics of Backlash

The Tragedy of William Jennings Bryan: Constitutional Law and the Politics of Backlash

by Gerard N. Magliocca
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300153147

ISBN-13: 9780300153149

Pub. Date: 06/28/2011

Publisher: Yale University Press

Although 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

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Although 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300153149
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2011
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................ix
Introduction: On Constitutional Failure....................1
ONE Constructing Reconstruction....................8
TWO The Rise of Populism....................28
THREE Resistance North and South....................48
FOUR The Supreme Court Intervenes....................69
FIVE The Election of 1896....................98
SIX A New Constitutional Regime....................116
SEVEN The Progressive Correction....................133
Conclusion: What Is Constitutional Failure?....................149
Notes....................155
Bibliography....................213
Index....................229

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