Sunday, April 8, 2012

On April 8

On this day in ...
... 1952 (60 years ago today), in a speech to the American people, President Harry S. Truman said the U.S. government would seize control of the steel industry in order to avert a national strike, an event he contended would imperil the security of a country whose troops then were engaged both in armed conflict in Korea and in anti-Soviet containment efforts in Europe. On June 2 of the same year, the U.S. Supreme Court would invalidate the order in Youngstown Sheet & Tube v. Sawyer, a judgment (prior IntLawGrrls posts here, here, and here) still considered a landmark in setting out separation of powers among the 3 branches of the U.S. government. Studies of the incident include Truman and the Steel Seizure Case (1977), by legal historian Maeva Marcus (left), currently a Research Professor of Law at George Washington University.

(Prior April 8 posts are here, here, here, here, and here.)

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