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Overview

From the perspective of young lawyers in three key New Deal agencies, this book traces the path of crucial constitutional test cases during the years from 1933 to 1937.

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Editorial Reviews

American Historical Review
[Irons's] net is wide and his vision panoramic as he weaves archival material and personal interviews into an impressive and exciting tapestry. Moreover, he brings one lawyerlike skill to the task—an ability to compress a tangled set of facts and complex legal ideas into a terse and lucid précis that adds immeasurably to the pace and clarity of his narrative.
— Gerald T. Dunne
Harvard Law Review
Sympathetically, vividly, and enthusiastically portrays the role of the lawyers involved in the early days of three important New Deal agencies.
— Joseph L. Rauh, Jr.
The Review of Politics
May well be the definitive study of the legal strategies of NRA, AAA, and NLRB officials, and it makes solid contributions to our understanding of the wider subject of the New Deal itself. Little more could be asked.
— Rev. Thomas E. Blantz, C.S.C.
Reverend; The Review of Politics - Thomas E. Blantz
May well be the definitive study of the legal strategies of NRA, AAA, and NLRB officials, and it makes solid contributions to our understanding of the wider subject of the New Deal itself. Little more could be asked.
American Historical Review - Gerald T. Dunne
[Irons's] net is wide and his vision panoramic as he weaves archival material and personal interviews into an impressive and exciting tapestry. Moreover, he brings one lawyerlike skill to the task—an ability to compress a tangled set of facts and complex legal ideas into a terse and lucid précis that adds immeasurably to the pace and clarity of his narrative.
Harvard Law Review - Joseph L. Rauh
Sympathetically, vividly, and enthusiastically portrays the role of the lawyers involved in the early days of three important New Deal agencies.
The Review of Politics - Rev. Thomas E. Blantz
May well be the definitive study of the legal strategies of NRA, AAA, and NLRB officials, and it makes solid contributions to our understanding of the wider subject of the New Deal itself. Little more could be asked.
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Winner of the J. Willard Hurst Award, Law and Society Association

"May well be the definitive study of the legal strategies of NRA, AAA, and NLRB officials, and it makes solid contributions to our understanding of the wider subject of the New Deal itself. Little more could be asked."--Rev. Thomas E. Blantz, C.S.C., The Review of Politics

"[Irons's] net is wide and his vision panoramic as he weaves archival material and personal interviews into an impressive and exciting tapestry. Moreover, he brings one lawyerlike skill to the task--an ability to compress a tangled set of facts and complex legal ideas into a terse and lucid précis that adds immeasurably to the pace and clarity of his narrative."--Gerald T. Dunne, American Historical Review

"Sympathetically, vividly, and enthusiastically portrays the role of the lawyers involved in the early days of three important New Deal agencies."--Joseph L. Rauh, Jr., Harvard Law Review

"May well be the definitive study of the legal strategies of NRA, AAA, and NLRB officials, and it makes solid contributions to our understanding of the wider subject of the New Deal itself. Little more could be asked."--The Review of Politics

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691000824
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/23/1993
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Boys with Their Hair Ablaze 3
Section 1 The Legal Politicians of the National Recovery Administration
Chapter 1 Corporatism and Cartels: The National Industrial Recovery Act 17
Chapter 2 The Blue Eagle in Court 35
Chapter 3 "Hot Oil" and Hot Tempers: The NIRA Reaches the Supreme Court 58
Chapter 4 The Felling of Belcher and the Search for a Successor 75
Chapter 5 The Schechter Case and the "Horse-and-Buggy" Court 86
Section 2 The Legal Reformers of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration
Chapter 6 The Search for Parity: The Agricultural Adjustment Act 111
Chapter 7 The Triple A in Court 133
Chapter 8 King Cotton and the Triple-A Purge 156
Chapter 9 Hamilton's Ghost in the Supreme Court 181
Section 3 The Legal Craftsmen of the National Labor Relations Board
Chapter 10 Labor under the Blue Eagle 203
Chapter 11 Legal Craftsmen and the Wagner Act 226
Chapter 12 The NLRB Implements Its Master Plan 254
Chapter 13 The Supreme Court Opens Its Eyes 272
Conclusion: The Limits of Legal Liberalism 290
Notes 301
Bibliography 333
Index 341
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