Fireside chat


President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s fireside chats (there were 30 in all) were radio speeches he made describing important current events and political issues to the American people. This particular speech from 1937 expresses his hope that Congress will create legislation for the reorganization of the Supreme Court to increase the number of Justices. Roosevelt introduced the notion of “Court packing,” in which for every Justice on the Supreme Court over 70 years of age, a new Justice would be added.

National Archives, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library


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