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American Notes for General Circulation

Travel account by Dickens, published in 1842. Dickens visited the U.S. (Jan.–May 1842) in a tour that took him from Boston and New York to Canada and as far west as St. Louis. His book is ...

Property Rights

Property Rights   Reference library

James W. Ely Jr.

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Political and Legal History

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2013
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics, Law, History of Law
Length:
7,680 words

...fair-value standard of Smyth v. Ames , ruling that rate-making bodies were not bound to follow any single formula for determining charges. Judicial inquiry was directed only to the impact of the rate order on the regulated industry, not the method of calculation. The lacerating struggle over the validity of the New Deal program engendered lasting hostility against judicial protection of property rights and had a profound impact on the course of American constitutional history. Once the Supreme Court accepted the New Deal, the justices abruptly withdrew from...

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