FDR and Chief Justice Hughes

FDR and Chief Justice Hughes

The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal

Book - 2012 | 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
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Roosevelt and Chief Justice Hughes' fight over the New Deal was the most critical struggle between an American president and a chief justice in the twentieth century. The confrontation threatened the New Deal in the middle of the nation's worst depression. The activist president bombarded the Democratic Congress with a fusillade of legislative remedies that shut down insolvent banks, regulated stocks, imposed industrial codes, rationed agricultural production, and employed a quarter million young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps. But the legislation faced constitutional challenges by a conservative bloc on the Court determined to undercut the president. Chief Justice Hughes often joined the Court's conservatives to strike down major New Deal legislation. Frustrated, FDR proposed a Court-packing plan. His true purpose was to undermine the ability of the life-tenured Justices to thwart his popular mandate. Hughes proved more than a match for Roosevelt in the ensuing battle. In grudging admiration for Hughes, FDR said that the Chief Justice was the best politician in the country. Despite the defeat of his plan, Roosevelt never lost his confidence and, like Hughes, never ceded leadership. He outmaneuvered isolationist senators, many of whom had opposed his Court-packing plan, to expedite aid to Great Britain as the Allies hovered on the brink of defeat. He then led his country through World War II to become the greatest president of the twentieth century. -- Publisher description.
The dramatic story of the struggle between FDR and Chief Justice Hughes that decided the fate of the New Deal.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2012
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416578895
Branch Call Number: 973.917092 HUGHES
Characteristics: 461 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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May 08, 2014

Meticulously researched and cogently written, the author offers a balanced and compassionate view of both these great men and their historical impacts and legacies. I found the book hard to put down, as it provided a tremendous amount of information that was new to me but also relevant in modern times. Top notch historical work. Highly recommended.


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fraggle_rock Sep 21, 2015

Roosevelt was honored at a posh black-tie dinner at Delmonico’s in New York on January 7, 1921, by a select group of the nation’s most successful corporate titans. Attendees included Edward Stettinius of U.S. Steel, Daniel Willard of the Pennsylvania Railroad, Owen Young of General Electric, and Adolph Ochs, publisher of The New York Times.


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