Tapping a broad array of sources, including popular literature and unpublished manuscripts, William Ross demonstrates that this widespread fury against the judiciary was muted by many factors, including respect for judicial power, internal divisions among the judiciary's critics, institutional obstacles to reform, and the judiciary's own willingness to mitigate its hostility toward progressive legislation and labor. Ross argues that persistent criticism of the courts influenced judicial behavior, even though the antagonists of the courts failed in their many efforts to curb judicial power. The book's interdisciplinary exploration of the complex interactions among politics, public opinion, judicial decision-making, the legislative process, and the activities of organized interest groups provides fresh insights into the perennial controversy over the scope of judicial power in America.
Originally published in 1994.
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Table of Contents
1 The Seeds of Discord 23
2 Challenges to Constitutional Orthodoxy 49
3 Meliorative Measures 70
4 Reconstructing the Bench 86
5 The Judicial Recall Movement 110
6 Theodore Roosevelt and the Judicial Referendum 130
7 Ebb and Flow, 1913-1921 155
8 The Taft Court and the Return of "Normalcy" 179
9 The La Follette Proposal 193
10 The Borah Proposal 218
11 The Supreme Court Calms the Tempest 233
12 The Judicial Issue in the 1924 Election 254
13 Final Conflicts, 1925-1937 285
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"A fascinating account of an often neglected but critical era of American political and legal history, namely 1890 through 1937. By tracing the changing nature of judicial reform movements, Ross provides an excellent contribution to the burgeoning field of social movements and state power broadly conceived."Victoria Hattam, Yale University