FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)

FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)
FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)
FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)
FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)
FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)
FDR's New Deal: Packing the Supreme Court (Primary Source Analysis)
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FDR rescued America from the Great Depression and WWII, but he was highly controversial at the time, and perhaps no decision was less popular than his attempt to pack the Supreme Court with his own judges in order to ensure that his New Deal policies would not be ruled unconstitutional. In this activity, students gain context for the era and the decision, then read FDR's own words from a "Fireside Chat" in which he attempted to justify the move. Students then analyze 4 primary source political cartoons that represent the wave the criticism he faced. Finally, they read about the how the event ended and its effects. This is a quick and effective way to use primary sources to learn about a potentially complex and confusing topic.
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40 minutes
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