FDR v. The Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy

FDR v The Constitution The Court Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy The fascinating behind the scenes story of Franklin Roosevelt s attempt to pack the Supreme Court has special resonance today as we debate the limits of presidential authority The Supreme Court has g

  • Title: FDR v. The Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy
  • Author: Burt Solomon
  • ISBN: 9780802715890
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The fascinating, behind the scenes story of Franklin Roosevelt s attempt to pack the Supreme Court has special resonance today as we debate the limits of presidential authority The Supreme Court has generated many dramatic stories, none so than the one that began on February 5, 1937 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, confident in his recent landslide reelection and frustratThe fascinating, behind the scenes story of Franklin Roosevelt s attempt to pack the Supreme Court has special resonance today as we debate the limits of presidential authority The Supreme Court has generated many dramatic stories, none so than the one that began on February 5, 1937 Franklin Delano Roosevelt, confident in his recent landslide reelection and frustrated by a Court that had overturned much of his New Deal legislation, stunned Congress and the American people with his announced intention to add six new justices Even though the now famous court packing scheme divided his own party, almost everyone assumed FDR would get his way and reverse the Court s conservative stance and long standing laissez faire support of corporate America, so persuasive and powerful had he become I n the end, however, a Supreme Court justice, Owen Roberts, who cast off precedent in the interests of principle, and a Democratic senator from Montana, Burton K Wheeler, led an effort that turned an apparently unstoppable proposal into a humiliating rejection and preserved the Constitution.FDR v Constitution is the colorful story behind 168 days that riveted and reshaped the nation Burt Solomon skillfully recounts the major New Deal initiatives of FDR s first term and the rulings that overturned them, chronicling as well the politics and personalities on the Supreme Court from the brilliant octogenarian Louis Brandeis, to the politically minded chief justice, Charles Evans Hughes, to the mercurial Roberts, whose switch in time saved nine T he ebb and flow of one of the momentous set pieces in American history placed the inner workings of the nation s capital on full view as the three branches of our government squared off.Ironically for FDR, the Court that emerged from this struggle shifted on its own to a liberal attitude, where it would largely remain for another seven decades Placing the greatest miscalculation of FDR s career in context past and present, Solomon offers a reminder of the perennial temptation toward an imperial presidency that the founders had always feared.

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    1. Great primer for seeing how the modern Supreme Court developed. A surprising exposure of an earlier rendition of George Bush's "Let the Marketplace take care of it" philosophy and how through FDR's overreaching the powers of the executive, we achieved the modern context of the Court looking out for the common good. Really hated to see it end.

    2. This book focuses around the "court-packing" battle between FDR and Congress. It places the event in context of both the New Deal and the biographies of the major players in the fight. Solomon's book appeared on a New York Times list of books to read during the Obama transition. I found his writing style engaging, and the subject interesting. I would absolutely recommend it.

    3. An interesting historical account of FSR's attempt to "pack" the Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices when the existing court routinely blocked his New Deal legislation. He almost was successful, except for the climactic death of one senator, after-which Congress determined that his efforts were too politically charged and that they were not interested in turning the Supreme Court into a politically-oriented branch of government - an interesting perspective, given the history of Su [...]

    4. A mostly chronological account of FDR's political fight to add more justices so that he could appoint more of 'his own'. There were diversions from the timeline to tell us about each of the justices' backgrounds, and brief excursions about happenings around the political fight (always entertaining)is was a compelling account of a moment in American history. Learned a lot about FDR, the New Deal, and the Supreme Court (or, at least, the Supreme Court of the '30s and its' justices). A lot of inter [...]

    5. This was a great book about FDR and his court packing scheme. The book also included pictures which I always enjoy since it enhances the whole experience. Burt Solomon focused on the court packing scheme of FDR and the people who were involved with it both on FDR's side and the justices involved. This is not extremely in depth about the whole court packing scheme but it is a good read for anyone who wants to learn more of this one snapshot in history.

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