Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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DEATH KISS BY FILIBUSTER

FOR THE FIRST fifteen months following the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson the American people busied themselves with improving the inner structures of democracy.

In fact, it was not until Europe was well along in the third year of war that the full danger of American involvement impressed itself upon the public.

In the United States Senate, curiosity rather than concern was uppermost when news came on June 28, 1914, that a Serbian youth, a flaming nationalist, had shot and killed Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria and his royal consort.

That day, and in the weeks that followed, very few if any members of the Senate anticipated that Europe would be blanketed with war in a few months, and the United States would ultimately become involved. That indifference was a most revealing reflection of American thought.

Under Mr. Wilson's leadership, the American people had embarked upon a pretentious course of internal readjustments. Tariff revision had occupied the energies of Congress with months of debate. I welcomed the overhauling of tariff duties but noted with regret that precisely the same caucus tactics which had inspired me to opposition earlier as a member of the House of Representatives dominated the framing of this new tariff proposal. I sought vainly to procure the same treatment for wheat, produced by the middle western farmer, which was given rice, produced by the southerner. I hoped a nonpartisan tariff commission would be established.

I rejoiced in the legislative proposals leading up to an income-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Foreword George Norris and the Liberal Tradition v
  • Acknowledgment xvii
  • Introduction xxi
  • Contents xxv
  • Illustrations xxvii
  • 1 - An Ohio Farm 1
  • 2 - My Mother 9
  • 3 - Early Education 20
  • 4 - On to Valparaiso 29
  • 5 - The L.U.N. (lunatics Under Norris) 39
  • 6 - Washington Territory 46
  • 7 - A Law Practice 53
  • 8 - An Ardent Republican 59
  • 9 - Conceptions of Justice 69
  • 10 - Marriage and Home 78
  • 11 - Reluctant Decision 88
  • 12 - Payne-Aldrich Tariff Bill 99
  • 13 - The Unhorsing of Speaker Cannon 107
  • 14 - The Archbald Impeachment 120
  • 15 - The Party Rawhide 129
  • 16 - For the Grand Old Party 142
  • 17 - No Friendly Atmosphere 154
  • 18 - Hetch Hetchy 162
  • 19 - Death Kiss by Filibuster 173
  • 20 - Declaration of War 188
  • 21 - Defeat of the League 202
  • 22 - Senate Seat for Sale 214
  • 23 - Teapot Dome 224
  • 24 - Lonely Pilgrimage 234
  • 25 - A Second Emancipation 245
  • 26 - Tva in Existence 260
  • 27 - Relief for the Farmer 278
  • 28 - Grocer Norris"" 286
  • 31 - The Lame Duck Amendment 328
  • 32 - Unicameral Legislature 344
  • 33 - Limitations Upon Voting 356
  • 34 - America Taking Shape 368
  • 35 - Steps Toward Peace 379
  • 36 - Lend-Lease 390
  • 37 - Inflation 396
  • 38 - By Way of Farewell 401
  • Index 411
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