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Proposed New Method of Testing Federal Laws

Two Years and nine months elapsed between President Roosevelt's signature of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act and the rendering by the Supreme Court of its first decision in a case contesting the validity of the act. The Court held, February 17, 1936, that the federal government had constitutional authority to construct the Wilson Dam at Muscle Shoals,1 to sell surplus electric power developed at the dam, and to purchase and maintain transmission lines to carry ...

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