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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 Peak Of Political Enthusiasm: Herbert Croly, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Progressive Years

The Peak Of Political Enthusiasm: Herbert Croly, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Progressive Years

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(p.161) 5. The Peak Of Political Enthusiasm: Herbert Croly, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Progressive Years
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Learned Hand
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Gerald Gunther

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377774.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Learned Hand's years as a federal district judge and his participation in politics. As Hand gained greater confidence as a district judge, he reported to Herbert Croly that his judicial work was an “intoxicant.” The intellectual stimulation of his job only whetted his appetite for intellectual and personal challenges less circumscribed than those of the law. Hand found these challenges in a new devotion to social, economic, and political activities. The casual interest with which he had previously viewed national affairs became a passionate commitment—to the cause of decent conditions for workers, to the curbing of abuses of concentrated economic power, and above all, to combating judicial obstruction of legislative reform.

Keywords:   politics, federal district judge, political activity, Herbert Croly, legislative reform

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