Presidential Leadership

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Fall 2019

Presidential Leadership

Fridays, 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Niles Schore,

Course Materials:

Course Syllabus

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Leadership In Turbulent Times, (Simon and Schuster, 2018)

Declaration of Independence

Articles of Confederation

U.S. Constitution

Links to course-related websites

Week One – September 13, 2019

Notes: Week 1

1. What are the 3 most significant challenges facing the United States in the next 5-25 years?

2. Who are the three best presidents in American history? The three worst?

3. Additional reading:

Federalist Papers #68

How an Idea leads to Real Change

New York Times – Choosing a Contender

Week Two – September 20, 2019

Notes: Week 2

1. Additional Reading:

NY Times – Fix the Electoral College or Scrap It

NY Times – Electoral College Members Can Defy Voter’s Wishes, Court Rules

Portland Press-Herald – Faithless Electors

National Popular Vote Interstate Compact explained

10th-circuit decision on faithless electors does not affect operation of national popular vote compact

Notes on Goodwin

Week Three – September 27, 2019

Notes: Week 3

1. Additional reading

Assault weapons ban

NY Times Survey on Executive Power

Presidential Power must be curbed


Trump asserts authority to force companies out of China

United States v. Nixon

Reading a Legal Opinion

Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

The Latest California defends tax return law after setback

Notes on Goodwin

Week Four – October 4, 2019

Additional Reading

The Rise of Industrial America

Impeachment Battle To Turn for First Time

Notes on Goodwin

National expansion and reform

Lincoln’s Speeches:       

1. Peoria, 1854       
2. House Divided, 1858       
3. Cooper Union, 1860

Week Five – October 11, 2019


The Transition

Theodore Olson

Howard’s Handout

Notes on Goodwin

White House PAC-Letter-10.08.2019 on Impeachment Inquiry

White House Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry^J Claiming Effort to Undo Trump?s Elec tion – The New York Times

Opinion This Is a Constitutional Crisis_ What Happens Next – The New York Times

Week Six – October 18, 2019

Notes: Week 6

Notes on Goodwin – Week 6

Who owns Theodore Roosevelt?

Theodore Roosevelt cared deeply about the sick. Who knew?

The progressive era to the new era

Avalon Project – Washington’s Farewell Address 1796

Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation:     

1. Proclamation 93 – September 22, 1862     
2. Emancipation Proclamation – Jan. 1, 1863

Week seven – October 25, 2019

The great depression

First 100 days action

Notes – Week 7

Notes on Goodwin – Week 7

Week eight – November 1

Notes – Week 8

Closing Thoughts