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Truman and the Steel Seizure: The Limits of Presidential Power

Truman and the Steel Seizure: The Limits of Presidential Power

By Maeva Marcus

Columbia University Press, 1977, 400 pp.

In April 1952, in the midst of the Korean War, President Truman announced the government's temporary seizure of the nation's steel mills in order to prevent a threatened strike that would cripple war production. The Supreme Court shortly thereafter denied that the President had the authority to so act. The mills were returned to the companies. Here is a first-rate account of those events.