Supreme Power

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Jeff Shesol describes FDR’s battle with the Supreme Court. Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority made a series of decisions that devastated much of FDR’s agenda.

In 1937, Roosevelt struck back with a plan to expand the Court to fifteen justices—and to “pack” the new seats with liberals who shared his belief in a “living” Constitution. His book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court, gives an account of the ensuing fight that engulfed the White House, the Court, Congress, and the nation.