U.S.President Franklin D. Roosevelt castigates the Supreme Court at Democratic Party Victory Dinner in Washington, D.C.
Washington DC USA Date:1937, March 4 Duration:4 min 48 sec Sound:Yes
President Franklin D. Roosevelt, standing at podium, speaking after Democratic Victory Dinner, in the Willard Hotel, Washington, DC, on March 4, 1937. He castigates the Supreme Court for issuing what he describes as a "pronunciamento," the Court's decision that neither the Federal Government nor the States may legally address issues of hours and wages. Roosevelt says it defines a "No man's land of final futility." The audience applauds. He goes on to speak to various problems with the Supreme Court. He speaks of freeing progressive actions of the Democratic Party from legal doubt. He calls for courage and wisdom. He notes that "here is one third of a nation, ill nourished;ill clad;ill housed." The President mentions farmers burdened by mortgage interest, and people laboring for inadequate wages. He decries the fact that thousands of children who should be in school, are, instead, working in mines and mills. The audience responds with enthusiastic applause.
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