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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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Guardians of the Moral Order

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ISBN13: 9780875803203
ISBN: 0875803202
Published: April 2004
Publisher: Northern Illinois University Press
Format: Hardback
Price: £30.50

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Progress was the byword of America's Gilded Age, a time of technological innovation, industrial growth, and overseas expansion. It was an era of emancipation for former slaves, settlement houses for immigrants, and colleges for women. Antisaloon leagues called for the prohibition of alcohol while citizens demanded labor regulations and food and drug laws. Confronted by all these forces of change, the Supreme Court appeared the bastion of conservatism in case after case, as they defended the old order. Progressive reformers of the time as well as historians of the twentieth century have depicted the era's nine justices as aging reactionaries or, worse, have accused them of championing a laissez-faire, imperialistic reading of the U.S. Constitution. Now, in Guardians of the Moral Order, Mark Bailey rises to their defense. The conservatism of the Supreme Court from 1860 through 1910, he argues, reflected not a conversion to the gospel of wealth but a steadfast belief in the vision of man and society grounded in eighteenth-century Enlightenment ideas and nineteenth-century moral science. Bailey examines the justices' college education and legal training. He then looks at their speeches

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