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Supreme power : Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

Beginning in 1935, in a series of devastating decisions, 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. The ensuing fight was a firestorm that engulfed the White House, the Court, Congress, and the nation. The final verdict was a shock. It dealt FDR the biggest setback of his political life, split the Democratic party, and set the stage for a future era of Republican dominance. Yet the battle also transformed America's political and constitutional landscape, hastening the nation's march into the modern world
Print Book, English, ©2010
W.W. Norton, New York, N.Y., ©2010
x, 644 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
9780393064742, 9780393338812, 0393064743, 0393338819
Complete control
Storm center
The dying of the light
Heavy bombardment
The golden ruling
The last thin line
Black Monday
Opening gun
Slow poison
A project of great importance
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
Striking a blow for liberty
To fight against God
We have only just begun to fight Additional Information at Google Books