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presidential history


  • JFK's New Hampshire Primary Hope Resonates Today

    by William Lambers

    The day before the 1960 New Hampshire presidential primary, candidate John F. Kennedy talked about America's great hope for disarmament. Speaking at the University of New Hampshire, JFK said "No hope is more basic to our aspirations as a nation" than disarmament.



  • A brief history of presidential impeachment

    by Adam I P Smith

    Which presidents in US history have been impeached? How does impeachment work? And what might impeachment proceedings mean for President Donald Trump? 



  • Why demagogues were the Founding Fathers’ greatest fear

    by Eli Merritt

    Washington’s greatest fear that summer of decision in Philadelphia was that unwise, self-seeking politicians — even if fairly elected to public office — would tear down the central government and its constitutional laws for the sake of their own advancement and glorification.



  • History is clear: Voters reward, rather than punish, political courage

    by Jon Meacham and Michael E. Shepherd

    Over the past six decades, courageous high-profile votes have tended not to cost the courageous their seats. From Southern Democrats who supported the Civil Acts Right of 1964 to Republicans who backed Medicare and Medicaid in 1965 through the Clinton impeachment in the 1990s, tough votes have been difficult but not necessarily fatal.