Susan Swain, C-SPAN host, introduces a vintage video clip. The clip explains the reasons why President Harry S. Truman seized controlled on the U.S. Steel plants.
This Bell Ringer can be used after students have been introduced to the government’s system of checks and balances. Students will explore an example of one of the Judicial branch checking the power of the President. President Truman called for a seizure of U.S. steel mills by the Commerce department. Youngstown Steel and Tube v Sawyer is the court case that resulted from that presidential order. The Supreme Court ultimately ruled that President Truman did not have the power to take possession of the steel mills. Students will hear from Truman directly on the seizure of the steel mills. Students will also listen to experts explain the court's ruling. You may use this bell ringer with the whole class. Have students turn and talk with a partner to answer the questions. Have some of the groups share their answers. Teachers can also opt to use the worksheet in the Additional Resources section and assign it to students through Google Classroom, Schoology, or other platform.