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Supreme power : Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

Shesol, Jeff. (Author).

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library 347.7326 SHE (Text) 33500010480432 Main Available -
Moorhead Public Library 347.7326 SHE (Text) 33500010480424 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0393064743 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9780393064742 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: x, 644 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton, c2010.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Complete control -- Storm center -- Shortcuts -- The dying of the light -- Heavy bombardment -- The golden ruling -- The last thin line -- Black Monday -- Opening gun -- Vigilantes -- Slow poison -- A project of great importance -- No-man's-land -- Plans and purposes -- Warning bell -- Preserve, protect, defend -- The beginning of the end of everything -- The first wedge -- Punch drunk -- The real mischief -- This new roar -- The yielding -- Blood or ink -- The switch in time -- Consent -- Striking a blow for liberty -- To fight against God -- We have only just begun to fight.
Summary, etc.: Recounts Franklin Roosevelt's fight during his first term with a narrow conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court who struck down several key elements of the New Deal legislation--forever transforming the political and constitutional landscape, saving the New Deal, splitting the Democratic Party, and ushering in an era of Republican dominance.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2010 February #1
    Lengthier than FDR vs. the Constitution, by Burt Solomon (2009), an account of the 1937 political fracas between the president, the Supreme Court, and the Senate, Shesol's history of the same episode expands with detail about the origin of Roosevelt's proposal to reorganize the federal judiciary. It sprang from liberals' infuriation with the conservative Court's invalidation of some New Deal programs; Shesol's quotations of New Dealers' diaries well convey the incandescence of their fury. He also attends to Washington's sociopolitical atmosphere, such as the Gridiron Dinner's spoofs of the Supremes and FDR's landslide reelection, which set the stage for Roosevelt's hubristic moment. After providing background to FDR's reform plan, which its opponents (and history) branded a court-packing scheme, Shesol continues with a narrative of the political battle that erupted. Characterizing defining traits of the main combatants—FDR, Chief Justice Charles Hughes, and Senator Burt Wheeler—Shesol skillfully illustrates the nexus of personality and principle, with the New Deal and the Constitution being perceived as at stake. A book sure to recruit history readers, especially those eyeing present political currents. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: United States. Supreme Court History 20th century
Political questions and judicial power United States History 20th century
United States Politics and government 20th century
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano) 1882-1945 Political and social views
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