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Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

William Lasser

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

A key figure in the administrations of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, Benjamin V. Cohen (1894–1983) was a major architect of public policy from the first days of FDR's presidency through ... More


Elder Statesman

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0016
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter describes events following Cohen's resignation from government service on January 20, 1953. During his retirement, Cohen remained in close contact with a wide range of politicians, ... More


Origins

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter presents a sketch of Benjamin V. Cohen's family background. His father, Moses Cohen, came to Muncie from Indianapolis, where he had lived for seven years since emigrating from Graievo, ... More


World War II

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0014
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter describes Cohen's role in the war effort. The discussions include his appointment as general counsel to the newly created Office of Economic Stabilization in 1942; the establishment on ... More


Diplomat

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

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2002
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October 2013
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9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0015
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter focuses on Cohen's diplomatic activities. The discussions include his resignation from government service in January 1945; President Truman's appointment of Byrnes as secretary of state ... More


Lawyer and Investor

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0004
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter details events following Cohen's decision to settle in New York City in the spring of 1921. Immediately upon reaching New York, he was hired by Max Lowenthal to assist in the management ... More


London

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

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2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0013
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter details Cohen's new position as “counselor to the ambassador,” following the appointment of John G. Winant as the American ambassador to Great Britain. The initiative for Cohen's ... More


Introduction

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the influence and accomplishments of Benjamin V. Cohen, which include major roles in drafting the landmark financial legislation of the new Deal—the ... More


Zionist Attorney

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0003
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter details Cohen's involvement with Zionism. He was part of the circle of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, who, in addition to serving as an associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, was ... More


Into the Maelstrom: The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0006
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter describes the drafting and provisions of the Cohen–Corcoran–Landis bill, which formed the basis of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; Wall Street's adverse reactions to the proposed ... More


The Public Utility Holding Company Act

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

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2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter describes events leading up to the signing into law of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935. The discussions include Roosevelt's contentious relationship with public utility ... More


At the Center of Power

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter details the movement of Cohen and Corcoran to the very center of the Roosevelt administration. Felix Frankfurter gave Corcoran and Cohen a behind-the-scenes push toward the Oval Office. ... More


Waiting for the War

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0011
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter focuses on Cohen's interest in foreign policy. He was drawn to the foreign policy arena for personal as well as professional reasons. His sympathies were aroused by the plight of the ... More


The Court-Packing Plan

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
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October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter focuses on Franklin Roosevelt's so-called court-packing plan. The majority of the justices were opposed to the New Deal. To deal with the Court's intransigence, Attorney General Cummings ... More


Destroyers for Bases

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0012
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter focuses on the worsening crisis in Europe in 1940. The discussions include Roosevelt's foreign policy, given the American public's refusal to become involved in the war; German advances ... More


Newcomer to Washington: The Securities Act of 1933

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter focuses on the start of Cohen's role in the New Deal. The discussions include the Lowenthal–Cohen critique of the Hastings bill; the Thompson bill on securities reform; Cohen's jobs as ... More


Domestic Politics, 1937–1938

William Lasser

in Benjamin V. Cohen: Architect of the New Deal

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300088793
eISBN:
9780300128888
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300088793.003.0010
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter describes events that occurred between 1937 and 1938. These include the growing reputations of Cohen and Corcoran as Washington power players; Cohen's role in drafting the Bonneville ... More


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