The Senate of the Hundred Days: A History of the United States Senate during the Special Session of 1933
Kyvig, David E., 1944-2015
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This paper attempts to examine the Senate as it legislated during a critical period in American history. When, in March, 1933, after many months of economic depression, a new President took office and in his first weeks seemed to force the previously lethargic Congress to pass a great deal of revolutionary legislation, many observers felt that the President was totally dominating the Congress and was compelling it to pass whatever legislation he desired. The House and the Senate reportedly abandoned their Constitutional prerogatives and "rubber-stamped" the President's proposals. It is hoped that this paper will show that during the one hundred days of the Special Session of 1933 the United States Senate did not forsake its responsibilities, that it did not act as a "rubber-stamp" but rather that it exerted a very significant influence on the creation of what has become known as the New Deal of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
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