Lead: In 1935 and 1936 the U.S. Supreme Court struck down important pieces of President Franklin Roosevelt's legislative agenda. The New Deal was in peril and FDR decided to take on the Court.

Intro. A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Franklin Roosevelt came to his political majority during the heady adolescence of progressivism in America. Under his Presidential cousin Teddy and Woodrow Wilson, the constitutional power of the President was interpreted broadly and the role of the Federal government was expanded. Anti-trust legislation to a certain degree began to reign in the power of corporations, with the Interstate Commerce Act the government began to regulate the passage of goods within the nations, and the Federal Reserve began to introduce some regulation to the banking system.