Lead: The Supreme Court's decision in Brown Vs. the Board of Education was one of the early signs that the Court had entered a new era one dominated by its Chief Justice, Earl Wilson Warren.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: During the 1930s the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a number of important laws of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. This provoked a constitutional crisis. The president proposed to enlarge the court so that he might appoint justices sympathetic to his progressive legislation. The debate produced a powerful negative reaction and a Republican resurgence and under such pressure the court gradually moved away from this form of judicial activism and took a more restrained approach when interpreting economic legislation passed by Congress and signed by the President.