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Justice Jackson's (pre-justiceship) Speech of December 1936.

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It is the salvation of democracy that both sides learn wisdom from a campaign.  Although the campaign often seems so unintelligent, it is also characteristic that after the heat of the campaign both sides welcome cooler thought and are glad the bitterness is over with.  There is evidence already that conservatives have become more aware of the need of concession, the liberalism more aware of the need of being practical.  Only if conservatism is intelligent and liberalism practical can the struggle between the two be solved by the ballot.

So whether we were among the victors or the vanquished, we share together the exciting adventure of free government, with its process of claim and counterclaim, of progress by compromise, of trial and error.  Slowly but surely we move to greater economic security, to a more humane and just and equal order of society.

From the bottom of my heart I thank you all for its demonstration of confidence and friendship.  It gives courage in whatever little part I may play to remember your trust in me and to keep the faith.

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Professor John Q. Barrett

St. John’s University School of Law

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Lawrence R. Velvel is a cofounder and the Dean of the Massachusetts School of Law, and is the founder of the American College of History and Legal Studies.
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