THE CONGRESS: Ninth-Inning Rally

"It is not too much to say that what we are now here considering today is the question of plunging a dagger into the very heart of democracy!"

Shouted at a packed Senate Chamber by Massachusetts' David Walsh, these violent words week were the final major volley of the bitterest political fight of 1938—against Franklin Delano Roosevelt's plan to reorganize the executive department of the Federal Government. After portly Mr. Walsh had completed his tirade, echoed only a shade less vehemently by Senators Tydings, Vandenberg and Borah, the Reorganization Bill came to its two...

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