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Make an argument in which you agree with the Court's ruling in Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer. The Steel Seizure Case was decided in 1952 and is still used today by the Court to decide if the President has acted within the Constitution. Note the case is Chapter 3 of the text. Pay close attention to Justice Jackson's concurring opinion where Justice Jackson placed presidential actions into 3 categories.

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The major argument to be made in support of this decision is that the decision protects us from presidential overreach.  It helps to protect us from having our presidents claim too much power on the basis of their role as commander-in-chief.

In this cases, President Truman was claiming that his role as commander-in-chief of the military gave him the power to commandeer private property for public use during a time that he designated as an emergency.  If the Court had upheld this power, it would give presidents vast powers that they could use simply by declaring national emergencies.  Our system is based on checks and balances and limited government.  Truman’s claims would have tended to undermine this system.  Therefore, the Court’s decision (we can argue) was a good one.

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