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Supreme Power

Franklin Roosevelt Vs. the Supreme Court

by Jeff Shesol

Hardcover, 644 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $27.95 |


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The author of Mutual Contempt chronicles Franklin Roosevelt's battle with the Supreme Court, which culminated in him trying to suppress its conservative justices by expanding the size of the court, a attempt which failed and divided the Democratic party, yet still helped to save the New Deal.

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On March 4, 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt took the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Charles E. Hughes. Four years later, Roosevelt would attempt to stack the Supreme Court with liberal justices. Keystone/Getty Images hide caption

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FDR's Losing Battle To Pack The Supreme Court

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Roosavelt clashed with members of the Supreme Court, including Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes (centre, front row), over his New Deal policies. Liberals and conservatives joined in opposition. Getty Images hide caption

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