Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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20
DECLARATION OF WAR

THAT TRIP TO NEBRASKA made little difference in the abusive letters which filled my mail.

Many were from my own people; many more came from correspondents living in other states. I made no effort to answer them individually: it would have been a physical impossibility. I cared little for the criticisms they contained, but was concerned that the members of my family should be so depressed by them.

Naturally, I resented deeply Woodrow Wilson's denunciation of the "little group of willful men" for defeat of his proposal to arm merchant ships. I knew the President was determined to preserve the doctrine of freedom of the seas with every resource at his command.

Within less than forty-eight hours of the termination of the successful filibuster, Mr. Wilson announced publicly that further examination of the laws defining executive power gave him the right to arm ships without any action by Congress.

He proceeded to take this step immediately.

By this action of executive authority, a successful filibuster was transformed into a losing fight. Sympathy throughout the country was with the President, and I think his action was approved by majority American sentiment under the feeling that existed then.

His triumph through executive action was his own undoing in the ultimate settlement of the issue of arming American merchant ships.

Within a few short weeks, the steps Mr. Wilson took established clear proof of the soundness of those fears which had been expressed

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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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