Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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UNICAMERAL LEGISLATURE

IT WAS A COLD Sabbath morning close after New Year's Day of 1937 that I stepped from the train which had brought me from McCook to Lincoln.

There were splashes of white covering the frozen fields, and the wind from out of the north cut sharply.

In the warmth of the hotel lobby the crowds were assembling.

A new legislature was to convene in the Nebraska capital; a unicameral, or one-house legislature. Among the crowds there was an undercurrent created by those who knew that the experiment would fail, and those equally certain it would succeed.

I was stopping in Lincoln briefly for the ceremonies attending a governmental reformation for which I was responsible.

I was on my way to Washington where the inaugural ceremony had been advanced two months and a President of the United States was to take the oath of office in January as a result of the Lame Duck Amendment that I had proposed to the federal Constitution--adopted by the American people after more than a decade of battle.

The unicameral legislature was no sudden fantasy on my part. For quite a number of years I had given study to the idea of providing a unicameral legislature in my home state by amendment to the state constitution.

While living at Beaver City, I had been importuned by Republican leaders in Furnas County to become a candidate for the legislature. They wanted me to run sometimes for the house and some-

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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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