Four months ago the curtain came down on the grand finale of the triumphal history of Franklin Roosevelt, Part I—as he took his bows amid the plaudits of supporters in the hour of his victorious reelection. Last week the curtain fell on Scene I, Act I in Part II of his History.

As befits the beginning of a sequel, the end of the first scene found the protagonist involved in new difficulties. His final speech, a sober fireside chat appealing to the nation on behalf of his Supreme Court plan was in a far...

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