KC Johnson

American Presidency (Fall 2021)

This course will explore the history of the American presidency from George Washington until the present day.


  • Research Paper: 50%
  • Participation: 30%
  • Study Questions/Supplementary Reading: 20%



email: kcjohnson9@gmail.com

cell: 207-329-8456

office hours: via Zoom


Week 1: Introduction

  • Forrest MacDonald, The American Presidency

Week 2: Washington

Week 3: Jefferson

Burns and Dunn, George Washington

Appleby, Jefferson

Week 4: J.Q. Adams

Traub, John Quincy Adams

Week 5: Buchanan

Baker, James Buchanan

Week 6: Lincoln

Donald, Lincoln

Week 7: Reconstruction

Simpson, Reconstruction Presidents

Week 8: Course Paper–Proposal

Week 9: Wilson

Cooper, Woodrow Wilson

Week 10: FDR

Brands, Traitor to His Class

Week 11: LBJ

Dallek, Lyndon Johnson

Week 12: Nixon

Farrell, Nixon

Week 13: Bush I

Naftali, George H.W. Bush

Week 14: Presidency in the Contemporary Era

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