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Before this evening's broadcast, let's talk about Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v Sawyer—the case that struck down Harry Truman's executive order Executive Order 10340, that limited the president's power to seize property in the midst of a national emergency: HERE WE GO! (1/19)
OKAY! So it was April 1952 and the US was in the Korean War, and the steel mills were about to go on strike. To make sure the US has a steady steel supply, President Truman issued EO 10340, that the Secretary of Commerce was going to seize control of US steel mills. (2/19)
(Important to note: Truman could have tried to use portions of the recently-passed Taft–Hartley Act to stop the steel union from striking, bc it was meant to be a way to restrict union activity, but instead chose just to seize the steel mills.) (3/19)
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