In Defense of the Senate

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In Defense of the Senate

By Royden James Dangerfield
University of Oklahoma Press, 1933
382 pp. $4.00

The Senate has been frequently accused of misuse of its treaty-making power and has been held by many writers to be largely responsible for the difficulties of American foreign policy. This book attempts to give a corrective to that view. The author has examined in detail the history of the Senate's treaty-making power and its handling of the treaties laid before it. He finds that relatively few treaties have been rejected, that the Senate cannot be justly accused of unnecessary procrastination in dealing with treaties, and that the action of the Foreign Relations Committee has been, on the whole, competent and careful.

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