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President’s Day—Washington And Lincoln Hugging

President’s Day is upon us.

Above you see George Washington and Abe Lincoln hugging in the afterlife.

Where can you learn more about the Presidents?

I have four suggestions. Two of these resources are books and the other two can be found online.

The book The American Presidency–The Authoritative Reference is very useful.

Edited by Alan Brinkley and Davis Dyer, American Presidency is a collection of essays about each President up until George W. Bush.

The book offers up a small measure of biography and a larger portion of analysis. With the essays running between 10 and 20 pages, this book is a good path to a reasonably complex understanding of the Presidents in a manageable amount of time.

A great deal of information about the Presidents can be found in The Complete Book of U.S. Presidents by William Degregoiro.

I’m not sure that any book has more facts about our Presidents than Complete Book. Here you’ll learn not just about the Presidents and their terms of office, but also about their cabinets, spouses and children, and various love affairs. It is one of the most enjoyable books I know.

The best online resource I’m aware of about the Presidents can be found at the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. There you’ll find biographical information, essays and  a multimedia gallery. It is very well done.

Finally, C-Span offers the excellent American Presidents website. There are broadcasts you can watch showing where the Presidents lived, as well as programs where experts talk about the Presidents and take phone calls from viewers.

It is fine entertainment.

Make use of these top-notch resources, and you’ll know plenty about the Presidents and the impact they had on American history.

Even better, you can make use of these resources as a springboard to your additional studies of our Presidents and of our American political history.

The decision to learn more and understand more is up to you.

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February 21, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. May I ask where you found that image of Washington and Lincoln? Artist’s name? It is pretty strange.

    Comment by Sarah V. | February 21, 2011

  2. Sarah–It is great art. I found it a few years ago. I’m not sure where. I think it is pretty old. Maybe it was for a President’s Day sale in a general store someplace 100 years ago.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 21, 2011

  3. A little history can go a long way for people who who seem bent on repeating it, and not always in a good way. Thanks for the resources Neil.

    Comment by lbwoodgate | February 21, 2011

  4. When I finished my Master’s degree, we had to take a big exam, and any work of art from any time period was fair game for the test. They would show us an image–with no information about the artist, date, etc.–and we had to write about it. I have no clue what I would say about this! I’d probably babble on about prints being inexpensive to produce and sell…

    Comment by Sarah V. | February 21, 2011

  5. Because I can’t let this go: I found an article about Washington and Lincoln being portrayed together often, and the article mentions images like this one. They were usually framed in people’s homes, or smaller versions were used as calling cards or placed in albums. http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/3aa/3aa182.htm

    Comment by Sarah V. | February 21, 2011

  6. ibwood—We can always regress it seems.

    Sarah–I read the article. Thanks. Maybe Nixon was there to greet Reagan in Hell.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 23, 2011

  7. Thanks. Maybe Nixon was there to greet Reagan in Hell.

    Keep it classy, Neil. With comments like that, it’s unsurprising the company you keep.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 24, 2011

  8. The company I keep? I hope you are not referring to Hamburger With An Astros’ Hat. He is very classy.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 25, 2011


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