Social Reform and the Constitution

Social Reform and the Constitution

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Social Reform and the Constitution

Social Reform and the Constitution

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In Social Reform and the Constitution the attempt has been to ascertain, from an examination of the decisions of our courts, and particularly those of the United States Supreme Court, to what extent the Constitution of the United States in its present form is a bar to the adoption of the most important social reform measures which have been made parts of the reform program of the most progressive peoples of the present day. This purpose has necessarily involved a discussion of political reform as well, since social is inextricably bound up with political reform in the present conditions of the United States.

In what has been said as to the concrete measures of reform discussed, the author has attempted, successfully it is hoped, to refrain from passing judgment on the desirability of such measures, and particularly from expressing any opinion as to their expediency in the conditions of present American life. His hope has been merely to set forth, so far as in him lay, accurately and impartially, the constitutional law upon some of the most vital social and political problems which the American nation is now attempting or will soon be called upon to solve. This hope and the further desire to lighten the labors of future students of this most absorbing subject are . . .

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