RESISTANCE FROM THE SUPREME COURT
LIBERAL THOUGHT AT THE TURN OF THE CENTURY WAS moving steadily toward a broad program of social action in opposition to the laissez-faire concepts implicit in the Gilded Age's Gospel of Wealth and supported by a considerable segment of the American people. Against these concepts, reformist ideas had scored notable successes at the polls and in legislative halls. A stable majority of converts had, however, still to be won on the United States Supreme Court. Sharing the Court's views were leading lawyers and a significant number of judges on other courts, who echoed Arthur Twining Hadley, sometime Railroad Commissioner of Connecticut, professor of political economy and first lay president of Yale:
However much public feeling may at times move in the direction of socialistic measures, there is no nation which by its constitution
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Publication information: Book title: In Quest of Freedom:American Political Thought and Practice. Contributors: Alpheus Thomas Mason McCormick - Author, Richard H. Leach - Author. Publisher: Prentice Hall. Place of publication: Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Publication year: 1959. Page number: 410.
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