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The Tragedy of William Jennings Bryan by Gerard N. Magliocca
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Apr 23, 2011

it was amazing
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Read from April 23 to June 28, 2011 — I own a copy , read count: 40

The title is a bit of a misnomer. The subtitle is more accurate. This is not the story of William Jennings Bryan, “The Boy Orator of the Platt,” or the Populist Party, or of Bryan’s great defeats of 1896, 1900, and 1908. This is about the Constitution, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the effects generational politics had, and still has, on both.

Gerard Magliocca meets his goal of writing an excellent treatise on the effects of a third party political movement on the Court’s decisions and its self-protection from a new generation of political thought. This is also a look at contemporary political third-party movements.

There is a caveat. For the reader to fully appreciate Professor Magliocca’s work, one must be familiar with the biography of Bryan; the histories of Reconstruction and the Populist movement, and court cases of the period. Professor Magliocca presupposes, as a law professor does, that the reader has this information.

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