• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

A manual offering information on the most important laws and treaties approved by Congress in more than 200 years since the first session in 1789. Each Congress is covered in a separate chapter introduced by a historical essay setting the actions of the legislators in the context of their times.

Seventy-Fifth Congress: January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1939
Seventy-fifth Congress: January 3, 1937, to January 3, 1939
  • First session—January 5, 1937, to August 21, 1937
  • Second session—November 15, 1937, to December 21, 1937
  • Third session—January 3, 1938, to June 16, 1938
  • (Second administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937–1941)
Historical Background

Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked on his second term with one of the largest popular and electoral vote mandates in American history. Yet within days, he was being charged by many with trying to “subvert” the Constitution. Frustrated by the Supreme Court's action in declaring several major New Deal programs unconstitutional, Roosevelt on February 7, 1937, proposed that the president be allowed to appoint as many as six new Supreme Court justices and more than forty lower court judges. His declared ...

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