All About Executive Orders

Presidents since George Washington have been issuing executive orders, but what are these documents? How do they fit into the landscape of law, presidential power, and American government? The session discussed basic legal aspects of executive orders, and then looked at a significant U.S. Supreme Court decisions about presidential power to issue such orders, Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer (1952).

Session Materials

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer background

Executive Order 10340—Directing the Secretary of Commerce to Take Possession of and Operate Plants and Facilities of Certain Steel Companies

Special Message to Congress, April 9, 1952

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer ruling from U.S. Supreme Court

Special Message to Congress, June 10, 1952

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Additional Resources

Understanding Executive Orders

What is an executive order?

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer (Quimbee video)

Youngstown Sheet and Tube Co. v. Sawyer (C-SPAN Landmark Cases)

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