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Presidential Primary Sources Project - 2018

2018 - Presidential Legacy

Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution defines the executive branch and specifically states the powers of the president. EXPLORE and EXAMINE primary sources, including presidential appointments, pardons, and treaties from the National Archives that illustrate these powers.


The Stages of President Lincoln's Legacy

The National Mall & Memorial Parks and Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.
Thursday, January 18, 2018

President Lincoln’s assassination in 1865 at Ford’s Theatre may have been the end of his life, but it was the beginning  of his legacy. From the Civil War to Civil Rights to today, Ford’s Theatre and the Lincoln Memorial have served as stages from which we celebrate President Lincoln and the things that mattered to him: unity, creativity and the right to rise.

 


Presidential Legacies at the White House

The White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The White House is one of the nation’s most powerful symbols as the home and office of the president, as well as a museum for the American people. Learn how presidents have left their mark on the Executive Mansion—from George Washington’s choice of location in the 18th century to Harry Truman’s massive reconstruction in the 20th century. Learn how presidential legacies have been imprinted on this iconic building.

 


Forging Greatness: Lincoln in Indiana

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, Lincoln City, IN
Tuesday, February 15, 2018

Join park rangers from Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial for a discussion of how the 14 years Abraham Lincoln lived in southern Indiana helped to shape and mold his personality and character and prepared him for the greatness he achieved as an adult. Learn about the people and experiences that were influential during these formative years of his life and see where he grew up.

 


A Return to Where it Started: Herbert Hoover's Lasting Legacy

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, IA
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Learn about President Herbert Hoover’s legacy during the Great Depression and after he left office. Before he was President, Hoover was born an orphan and raised very modestly. He said, “The cottage where I was born is physical proof of the unbounded opportunity of American life.”

 


Lincoln's Lasting Legacy

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park, Hodgenville, KY
Thursday, March 1, 2018

The memorial at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace does not only house a historic cabin, but an idea: the potential of the individual in a democratic republic. In 1911, America was an emerging global power and one of the few democratic republics in the world. Many of the countries with long illustrious histories were led by individuals who were members of aristocracies and power. In memorializing Lincoln's birth in a humble Kentucky cabin, America memorialized the possibility for every citizen in this republic. We will explore Lincoln's Kentucky roots and rise to the presidency as the very symbol of the American dream.  

 


What is Liberty? Abraham Lincoln's Brave Idea

President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington D.C.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

For a quarter of his presidency, President Lincoln chose to move his family from the White House to a cottage on a hilltop overlooking the city. They made this move three summers in a row, in the midst of a war that threatened the country they held so dear. Here Lincoln said, “my thoughts—my solicitude for this great country follows me wherever I go.” This place allowed Lincoln the time, space, and environment to create brave ideas that changed our nation. During the Civil War, Lincoln struggled to define the word “liberty.” During this program, students will learn about his struggle and, at the conclusion of the program, students will create their own definitions of “liberty” that encompass their own brave ideas for their communities.

 


Theodore Roosevelt: Legacy of a Modern President

Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The program covers Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy to the modern presidency, focusing on his expanding use of executive powers. He believed that the President had the right to use all powers unless specifically denied, which led to his domestic program the “Square Deal.”

 


President Truman: Ending the War in Japan

Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, Independence, MO
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

This session examines President Truman’s option in August 1945 of how to end the war in Japan. Four options will be discussed using primary sources from the Truman Library archives. The legacy of Truman’s decision will be discussed also.

 


George Washington and the Whiskey Rebellion

Federal Hall National Memorial, New York, NY
Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Whiskey Rebellion was the first test of George Washington’s Presidency to demonstrate that the new national government had the will and ability to suppress violent resistance to its laws, though the whiskeys excise tax. These events contributed to the formation of political parties in the United States.