Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency

“These essays offer a set of revealing insights into the origins of the American presidency, the most novel and unprecedented office that the framers of the Constitution created.”—Jack Rakove, author of Revolutionaries: A New History of the Invention of America“Provides an important and timely contribution to the conception, implementation, and early development of the executive office … Continue reading Political Thought and the Origins of the American Presidency

The President Often Lost in Lincoln’s Shadow

James Buchanan and the Coming of the Civil War Edited by John W. Quist and Michael J. Birkner Pubdate: 3/19/2013 In 1856, four years before the towering figure of Lincoln, Americans chose James Buchanan to provide the leadership that might calm sectional tensions and prevent the shattering of the nation. Many people think Buchanan failed to … Continue reading The President Often Lost in Lincoln’s Shadow