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Founding a Nation
The American presidency is the most powerful job in the world. As important
as the type of person in the position is the definition of the powers that
person will exercise. The presidency and its powers have changed with almost
every person given the title. Washington established the role of the President,
Jefferson and Congress initiated the political party system, and Jackson
was a practitioner of partisan politics. Lincoln needed much more administrative
power to run the country, so he greatly added to the "reach" of the President.
Roosevelt and Wilson used their office and their powers of persuasion to
influence others to see things their way.
The kind of person who has been President, and the powers of the office,
are the subject of this reader. This collection:
- presents key documents and memoirs
- offers historical perspectives on the office of the presidency
- documents the history of the presidency in print and photographs