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Gangs of America by Ted Nace

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♦ CHAPTER EIGHT ♦The JudgeStephen Field and the politics of personhood (1868-1885)

Whenever he has a case before him in which the community and the corporations are arrayed against each other, his lights always lead him to discover points against the people. —San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 1882

Indeed, there is nothing which is lawful to be done to feed and clothe our people, to beautify and adorn their dwellings, to relieve the sick, to help the needy, and to enrich and ennoble humanity, which is not to a great extent done through the instrumentalities of corporations. —Justice Stephen Field, circuit court opinion, September 25, 1882

IN 1834, A YOUNG MAN moved from Missouri to Illinois, where he fell in love with a woman named Harriet ...

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