After Wilson: The Struggle for the Democratic Party, 1920-1934

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THE POLITICS OF CONSISTENCY THE AMERICAN LIBERTY LEAGUE, 1934-1940

The American Liberty League has not fared well at the hands of historians. Like the AAPA, it has generally been dismissed as an elaborate front for the greed and spite of millionaires and their corporations disgruntled at the high cost of reform.1"The fundamental danger that the du Ponts increasingly perceived in the New Deal," Robert F. Burk argued in 1990, "was its threat to the economic prerogatives that the family had built up over the decades."2 For their part, the New Dealers claimed that the league, while preaching the sanctity of the Constitution, acted as if "the Revolution was fought to make Long Island safe for polo players."3 Historians have, by and large, agreed that its views were scarcely worthy of analysis. Despite the flood of monographs, articles, and essays on the New Deal, the activities of its best-organized, best-funded, and most ideo-

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