The American presidency : origins and development, 1776-2021 / Sidney M. Milkis, University of Virginia, Michael Nelson, Rhodes College.

Ninth edition.
  • Thousand Oaks, California : CQ Press, an imprint of SAGE Publications, Inc., [2023]
  • ©2023
xiii, 614 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


Summary note
"The American Presidency examines the constitutional foundation of the executive office and the social, economic, political, and international forces that have reshaped it along with the influence individual presidents have had. Authors Sidney Milkis and Michael Nelson look at each presidency broadly, focusing on how individual presidents have sought to navigate the complex and ever-changing terrain of the executive office and revealing the major developments that launched a modern presidency at the dawn of the twentieth century. By connecting presidential conduct to the defining eras of American history and the larger context of politics and government in the United States, this award-winning book offers perspective and insight on the limitations and possibilities of presidential power"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • 1. The Constitutional Convention. Antecedents ; The Constitutional Convention
  • 2. Creating the Presidency. The Making of the Presidency : An Overview ; Number of the Executive ; Selection and Succession ; Term of Office ; Removal ; Institutional Separation from Congress ; Enumerated Powers ; The Vice Presidency ; Ratifying the Constitution
  • 3. Bringing the Constitutional Presidency to Life : George Washington and John Adams. The Election of George Washington ; Making the Presidency Safe for Democracy ; Forming the Executive and Judicial Branches ; Presidential "Supremacy' and the Conduct of the Executive Branch ; Presidential Nonpartisanship and the Beginning of Party Conflict ; Washington's Retirement and the Jay Treaty : The Constitutional Crisis of 1796 ; The 1796 Election ; The Embattled Presidency of John Adams ; The Alien and Sedition Acts
  • 4. The Triumph of Jeffersonianism : Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe. The "Revolution" of 1800 ; Jefferson's War with the Judiciary ; The Democratic-Republican Program and the Adjustment to Power ; The Limits of "Popular" Leadership ; The Twelfth Amendment ; Jefferson's Mixed Legacy ; The Presidency of James Madison and the Rise of the House of Representatives ; The Presidency of James Monroe
  • 5. The Age of Jackson : Andrew Jackson to James Buchanan. Jacksonian Democracy ; The Rise of the Party Convention ; Jackson's Struggle with Congress ; The Aftermath of the Bank Veto ; The Decline of the Cabinet ; The Limits of the Jacksonian Presidency ; Martin Van Buren and the Panic of 1837 ; The Jacksonian Presidency Sustained ; John Tyler and the Problem of Presidential Succession ; The Presidency of James K. Polk ; The Slavery Controversy and the Twilight of the Jacksonian Presidency --
  • 6. The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln and the Slavery Controversy ; The Election of 1860 ; Lincoln and Secession ; Lincoln's Wartime Measures ; The Emancipation Proclamation ; The Election of 1864 ; Lincoln's Legacy
  • 7. The Reaction against Presidential Power : Andrew Johnson to William McKinley. Reconstruction and the Assault on Executive Authority ; The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson ; Ulysses S. Grant and the Abdication of Executive Power ; The Fight to Restore Presidential Power ; Congressional Government and the Prelude to a More Active Presidency
  • 8. Progressive Politics and Executive Power : Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson. Theodore Roosevelt and the Expansion of Executive Power ; The Troubled Presidency of William Howard Taft ; Progressive Politics and the Elections of 1912 ; Woodrow Wilson's Theory of Executive Leadership ; Wilson and Party Reform ; The Art of Popular Leadership ; Wilson's Relations with Congress ; Wilson as World Leader
  • 9. The Triumph of Conservative Republicanism : Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover. The Harding Era ; The "Silent" Politics of Calvin Coolidge ; Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression ; The Twentieth Amendment
  • 10. The Consolidation of the Modern Presidency : Franklin D. Roosevelt to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Modern Presidency ; The Modern Presidency Sustained : Truman and Eisenhower --
  • 11. Personalizing the Presidency : John F. Kennedy to and Jimmy Carter. John F. Kennedy and the Rise of the "Personal Presidency" ; Lyndon B. Johnson and Presidential Government ; The Twenty-Fifth Amendment ; The Presidency of Richard Nixon ; Gerald R. Ford and the Post-Watergate Era ; A President Named Jimmy
  • 12. A Restoration of Presidential Power? : Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and Bill Clinton. The Reagan Revolution ; A Reagan Court? ; The Presidency of George Bush ; The Presidency of Bill Clinton ; The Election of 1992 ; The First Year of the Clinton Presidency ; The 1994 Elections and the Restoration of Divided Government ; The Comeback President ; Balanced Budgets, Impeachment Politics, and the Limits of the Third Way
  • 13. George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Unilateral Presidential Power. The Presidency of George W. Bush ; The 2000 Election ; Bush v. Gore ; The Early Months of the Bush Presidency ; September 11 and the War on Terrorism ; An Expanded Presidency ; Bush and the Republican Party ; Courts and Parties ; Partisanship and Unilateralism ; The Presidency of Barack Obama ; The 2008 Elections ; The New Foundation and Partisan Rancor ; We Can't Wait: Obama and the Administrative Presidency ; Obama's Reelection and the Perils of Partisanship ; Obama, Partisanship, and the War on Terrorism ; Barack Obama's Fragile Legacy
  • 14. Donald Trump, Joseph Biden, and the Struggle for a Peaceful Transfer of Power. Trump’s Ride to the White House ; The War against the Deep State ; Trump's Administrative Presidency ; Trump and Congress ; Foreign Policy ; The Hazards of Executive-Centered Partisanship ; The 2020 Election and the Early Days of the Biden Presidency
  • 15. The Vice Presidency. The Founding Period ; The Vice Presidency in the 19th Century ; Theodore Roosevelt to Harry S. Truman ; The Modern Vice Presidency ; Conclusion
  • Appendix. Constitution of the United States ; Amendments ; U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents ; Summary of Presidential Elections, 1789-2020.
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