The struggles and triumphs of our Presidents have been central to shaping our nation, even though they operated under a Constitution that didn’t grant them unilateral power.
“It is recommended,” proclaimed Lincoln, that the People “celebrate the anniversary of the Birthday of the Father of his Country."
It’s remarkable how many words and phrases were invented by Presidents, from “Belittle” to “War Room.”
A diminutive, persuasive Virginian hijacked the Constitutional Convention and forced the moderates to accept a national government with vastly expanded powers
For all his previous successes, President Herbert Hoover proved incapable of arresting the economic free fall of the Depression— or soothing the fears of a distressed nation
What would Martin Luther King Jr.—had he been alive today—thought of our latest president’s oratory?
What a skeptical biographer discovered about a very elusive subject
Dick’s Last Trick
AN OHIO UNDERTAKER’S LIFELONG obsession has left a mysterious outdoor gallery of American folk art
They’ve all had things to say about their fellow Executives. Once in a great while one was even flattering.
For a good part of his life, the governor of New York has used history as a guide—and a solace
To what extent did greatness inhere in the man, and to what degree was it a product of the situation?
All that the Adamses saw they were schooled to put down and save. The result is a collection of historical records beyond price and without peer.
Without doubt they were Washington, who walked carefully within the Constitution, and Lincoln, who stretched it as far as he dared
Discreet helpers have worked on the speeches and papers of many Presidents, but a nation in a time of trial will respond best “to the Great Man himself, standing alone”
No matter how busy he was, Theodore Roosevelt always found time for his children. The charming “picture” letters below, addressed to his thirteen-year-old son Archie from a Louisiana hunting camp, recall a man who for millions of Americans will always live on, forever vigorous, forever young.