Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

Jeff Shesol

Full of surprises and new insights . . . this book is about more than [Franklin Roosevelt's] plan to pack the [Supreme] Court. It's about America's enduring struggle to reconcile our founders' ideals with conflicting challenges . . . to build a more perfect union.--President Bill Clinton.


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Book Information

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 03/14/2011
Pages: 637
ISBN-13: 9780393338812
ISBN-10: 0393338819
Language: English

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Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court's conservative majority left much of FDR's agenda in ruins. The pillars of the New Deal fell in short succession. It was not just the New Deal but democracy itself that stood on trial. In February 1937, Roosevelt struck back with an audacious plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices--and to "pack" the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a "living" Constitution.

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