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Master of Arts (M.A.)


Political Science


Following his election to the office of President of the United States, in 1932, Franklin D. Roosevelt began his attempt to overcome the economic difficulties caused by the depression of 1929. His program for recovery included the enactment by Congress of many new pieces of legistlation. A great amount of this legislation was ruled out by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Subsequently, the President on February 5, 1937, presented a proposal to alter the court system of the United States. This proposal brought forth a surge of public opinion throughout the nation. Sharp divisions of opinion occurred concerning the merits of the President's suggested reform

The purpose of this study to dermine, (1) the reactions of the electorate to the proposal; (2) the reactions of the various agencies of public opinion; (3) wheather these agency reactions were cuases or effects of public feeling; (4) the importance of public opinion in such a matter.