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Learned HandThe Man and the Judge$
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Gerald Gunther

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.001.0001

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The New Deal

The New Deal

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(p.371) 10. The New Deal
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Learned Hand
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Gerald Gunther

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.003.0010

This chapter focuses on Learned Hand's changing attitudes towards the New Deal. Hand was never an uncritical enthusiast of the New Deal, in part because of his concern about the threat to individual liberty inherent in the burgeoning national establishment. His evolving views about the Depression and the New Deal can be seen most vividly in his extensive correspondence with three friends, Bernard Berenson, Walter Lippmann, and Felix Frankfurter, where the distinctiveness of their positions—and Hand's own—emerges clearly.

Keywords:   liberty, New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt, judges, Depression

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