FDR v. Supreme Court

Today in History: On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed increasing the number of U.S. Supreme Court justices.  The proposal, which failed to pass in Congress, drew accusations that Roosevelt was attempting to “pack” the nation’s highest court.  There have been many books written on FDR and his troubled relations with the Supreme Court in recent years.  Here are some examples available in the Law Library collection:

FDR v. the Constitution: The Court-Packing Fight and the Triumph of Democracy by Burt Solomon
Law Library Balcony KF8742 .S585 2009

FDR and Chief Justice Hughes: The President, the Supreme Court, and the Epic Battle Over the New Deal by James F. Simon
Law Library Balcony KF8745.H8 S57 2012

Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court by Jeff Shesol
Law Library Balcony KF8742 .S495 2010

FDR v. the Constitution

Supreme Power

FDR and Chief Justice Hughes



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