Fighting Liberal: The Autobiography of George W. Norris

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-11-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
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Though George Norris was born and grew up in Ohio, he headed west after earning his law degree and set up practice in Nebraska, eventually settling in McCook. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1902 and the Senate in 1912, Norris was a Republican for most of his life but headed a wing called the Progressives, who believed the government should be more responsive to the needs of ordinary citizens. Norris believed it his duty to vote according to conscience even if that sometimes conflicted with party affiliation or popular sentiment. Beyond personal integrity, Norris also left a considerable legacy of achievements: he promoted the nonpartisan one-house Unicameral in Nebraska, led the effort to create the Tennessee Valley Authority, and sponsored the Rural Electrification Act.Fighting Liberalis Norris's account of his amazing and admirable life from the early impoverished years that informed his populist philosophy to his career in government, where he made great contributions to the nation.

Author Biography

George W. Norris (1861–1944) served his Nebraska district in the House of Representatives for ten years and represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1913 to 1943.
Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007) was a historian and author who won the Pulitzer Prize twice.
Bob Kerrey was governor of Nebraska from 1983 to 1987 and represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 2001. He is president of the New School in New York City.

Table of Contents

An Ohio Farm
My Mother
Early Education
On to Valparaiso
The L.U.N. (Lunatics Under Norris)
Washington Territory
A Law Practice
An Ardent Republican
Conceptions of Justice
Marriage and Home
Reluctant Decision
Payne-Aldrich Tariff Bill
The Unhorsing of Speaker Cannon
The Archibald Impeachment
The Party Rawhide
For the Grand Old Party
No Friendly Atmosphere
Hetch Hetchy
Death Kiss by Filibuster
Declaration of War
Defeat of the League
A Senate Seat for Sale
Teapot Dome
Lonely Pilgrimage
A Second Emancipation
TVA in Existence
Relief For The Farmer
"Grocer Norris"
Yellow Dog Contract
Lighting the Farms
The Lame Duck Amendment
Unicameral Legislature
Limitations upon Voting
America Taking Shape
Steps toward Peace
By Way of Farewell
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