The Rise and Fall of the American Presidency

Lecture Description

The founders of the United States created a small, uncertain presidency for a small republic. Over time, the presidency has grown into the most powerful political office in the world. This lecture examines the rising power of the presidency since the founding, key presidential personalities, and the challenges since 1945 that have diminished presidential prestige and effectiveness. This lecture focuses on the history of the presidency, before the current presidential administration. This lecture places current debates about presidential power in historical perspective.



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