Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Constitutional War: The Court-Packing Crisis of 1937

Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Constitutional War: The Court-Packing Crisis of 1937

by Joseph McKenna

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Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Constitutional War: The Court-Packing Crisis of 1937 by Joseph McKenna

This new history of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the "Great Constitutional War" is a critical, revisionist portrayal of FDR's personal role in initiating, with the advice of his attorney general, Homer S. Cummings, a "reorganization of the federal judiciary," or what in fact constituted a bald-faced attempt to "pack" the Supreme Court in 1937. No issue in domestic politics ever aroused the country's anger as did the presidential proposal to increase the size of the Supreme Court to fifteen by giving the president power to appoint a new judge for every justice over the age of 70 who refused to resign or retire. For background, the case histories which led up to this bold stroke are, for the first time, chronicled and analyzed in a setting that places the stirring events which ensued in their proper perspective. The importance of the book's subject, the thorough documentation, its reasoned and reasonable criticism, all set forth in a lively, but lucid writing style should give this book a popular readership that reaches well beyond academia.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823221547
Publisher: Fordham University Press
Publication date: 01/01/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 612
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Marian C. McKenna is Professor Emeritus at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsxi
Introductionxvii
Abbreviations Used in Notesxxvii
1.The Fifty-Fourth Attorney General1
2.The New Deal in Court26
3.Black Monday74
4.The Fate of the AAA118
5.Secrets and Stratagems143
6.Toward a Constitutional Crisis180
7.Landslide218
8.Roosevelt's Revenge246
9.A Storm of Fury280
10.Some Bad Miscalculations338
11.The Senate Hearings378
12.No Real Mischief407
13.Searching for Compromise438
14.Showdown465
15.Aftermath522
Epilogue555
Bibliography565
Index591

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