presidential history

When a President leaves office, the thousands of papers and other material relating to the events of his presidency are just ripe for the creation of a presidential library.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we get the scoop on what you can find in a presidential library and how they work.

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Dwight Eisenhower came into the presidency with a storied background as a U.S. Army general, but when he got into office, he did his best to keep the country out of wars.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, we discuss how he used his strategic experience to keep the peace.

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Many Americans have an image of the president decisively taking action to avert crisis. Yet this is often not the case. On this edition of Up to Date, we talk with a former Director of the White House Situation Room about what really happens in a crisis, and the team that supports presidential decisions.

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Gerald Ford bumped Nelson Rockefeller off the 1976 presidential ticket. Two years later, the colorful four-term governor of New York managed to create scandalous headlines with the circumstances of his death.

On this broadcast of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and historian Richard Norton Smithe delve into the life and times of the former vice-president. They discuss his rise to political prominence and his rocky, but unapologetic, personal life.

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Candidates crisscross the country with relative ease these days, but back in 1948, a real train whistle ruled a whistle-stop campaign. That year the presidency went to Harry Truman after he covered 31,000 miles by rail and gave 352 speeches along the way.

On Monday's Up to Date, we take a look at the underdog effort that kept Truman in the White House.

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When you think about presidents and pop culture, you might picture Obama’s Twitter account, but you might not realize that other ventures with mass-appeal have been affecting the White House for a few centuries.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll talk about the influence everything from theater to books to the internet have had on the presidency since Thomas Jefferson was in charge.

HEAR MORE: Tevi Troy speaks at 6:30 p.m. July 24 at the Plaza branch of the Kansas City Public Library.

The image we have of Abraham Lincoln today as the Great Emancipator, father figure and military genius might not be what it is if not for two men: John Hays and John Nicolay. “The boys,” as the president affectionately called them, were Lincoln’s right-hand men during the course of his presidency.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk about the men who dutifully reshaped Lincoln’s image in the years following his assassination.

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Edward Percy Moran / Library of Congress

Rewind 199 years, and today's the day General Andrew Jackson rode with 5,000 American troops into a battle that would make him a well-known figure throughout the United States.

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we sit down with military historian Richard Barbuto to talk about the Battle of New Orleans and how the last major battle of the War of 1812 became Andrew Jackson’s ticket to the White House.

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He’s the namesake of your kid’s cuddly toy, but Teddy Roosevelt wasn’t a big softie. His fierce battle for the 1912 presidential nomination had both Roosevelt and Taft baring their teeth.

As a president, Woodrow Wilson isn’t in the top five that all school kids know, but his impression on this country is, nonetheless, a lasting one. 

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with biographer A. Scott Berg about the man who tried isolationism but ultimately had to lead the nation into a world war.

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An Unconventional First Lady

Jun 4, 2013
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Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died.

George Washington was all about freedom, so why did he own slaves?

When it comes to the first presidents, everyone knows George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, but what about John Adams?

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Quickly-- rank the presidents. Did you put Washington or Lincoln first? Where did you put Millard Fillmore?

President Eisenhower

In his life Eisenhower lead the allied forces to victory in Europe, built the interstate system, and oversaw school integration, but what experiences built this man of action from Kansas?


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Equality and liberty were Thomas Jefferson’s great dreams—except when it came to slaves.

On Thursday's Up to Date, we’ll discuss the man and his contradictions with historian Henry Wiencek, author of Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, which examines Jefferson’s changing stance toward slavery.

As a one-term president, George H. W. Bush stands as an anomaly.

: Oil on canvas, Bradley Stevens (after Charles Willson Peale), 2002 / Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

Just a quick glance at the front page, and it’s easy to tell what issues are heating up Washington these days: the separation of church and state, states' rights, and the limits of presidential power.

Flamboyant, confident, and controversial, Edith Bolling Wilson was not your traditional First Lady. After her husband, Woodrow Wilson, suffered a debilitating stroke in 1919, she took the reins of government and acted on behalf of her ailing spouse.

Presidential Policies and Black Entrepreneurship

Apr 30, 2012
Wichita State University

An American president once said that black power is the power that people should have over their own destinies, the power that comes from participation in the political and economic process of society. That president? Richard Nixon.

President Obama's State of the Union speech was "animated by the president’s faith in government’s ability to restore the American promise of fairness" says Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian  Doris Kearns Goodwin.