Court–President Clashes: The Cases of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton

  • Michael A. Genovese
  • Robert J. Spitzer


Over the course of U.S. history, there have been a number of significant clashes between presidents and Courts. Three of the most important were the challenges posed by the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and William Jefferson Clinton. Although each poses a different set of circumstances and issues, each is an exemplar of how interactions between the president and the judiciary have shaped these presidencies. Most of the cases mentioned in this chapter are reprinted in the chapters to come. We offer these three accounts to provide an instructive narrative underscoring the interplay of law, politics, and interbranch jockeying.


Foreign Policy Executive Branch Supreme Court Decision Constitutional Amendment Executive Power 
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© Michael A. Genovese 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Genovese
    • 1
  • Robert J. Spitzer
    • 2
  1. 1.Loyola Marymount UniversityUSA
  2. 2.SUNY CortlandUSA

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