BEING AN AMERICAN by William O. Douglas


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Despite his denial of presidential aspirations, Douglas ranks high as a potential candidate, and the chief market interest in this book would seem to depend on the outcome of the Democratic Convention. This book is, however, not written for the spotlight of the present but, bringing to bear the precepts of practised career, those speeches included here have some bearing when the political issues are defined. Dating from 1940 on, here are the public utterances of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. In concept they embody the liberal view, with appeal to a mass audience, whether Jewish, legal, collegiate, or what have you. They bespeak a character versed in history, democratic ideas, and an evaluation of current issues. There are tributes to Norris, Brandeis, Stone, F.D.R. and Eleanor Roosevelt; there are examinations into the tradition of American ideas; there are speeches on civil liberties, moral leadership, public health and international questions of the postwar world.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1948
Publisher: John Day