This class, given this spring at Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association, Inc. at Purdue University in West Lexington, Indiana was based on a PBS series about the American presidency. Members examined the five common themes about presidents that have been identified by author Philip Kunhardt, Jr. and sons. The course outline included the following:

Introduction to Thematic Study of the American President: The Heroic Posture: Washington

The Heroic Posture: William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Dwight D. Eisenhower

Comprise Choices: Franklin Pierce, James A. Garfield, Warren G. Harding

The Professional Politician: Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln

Compromise Choices: Gerald Ford and The Professional Politician: Lyndon Johnson

An Independent Cast of Mind: John Adams, Zachary Taylor, Rutherford B. Hayes

Family Ties: John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Harrison, Franklin D. Roosevelt

An Independent Cast of Mind: Jimmy Carter and Family Ties: John F. Kennedy




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