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Part I History, Ch.5 From the New Deal through the Reagan Revolution

Lucas A. Powe Jr.

From: The Oxford Handbook of the U.S. Constitution

Edited By: Mark Tushnet, Sanford Levinson, Mark A. Graber

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 27 January 2021

The fifty-plus years from the New Deal through the Reagan Revolution encompass the three seminal constitutional events of the twentieth century: President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Court-packing plan, Brown v. Board of Education,1 and the Senate’s rejection of President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of the conservative’s favorite, Robert Bork, to the Supreme Court. Although the Court-packing plan failed, it convinced the Court, even prior to the transformative appointments that FDR was able to make beginning in 1937, that justices could not block government attempts to...
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