KC Johnson

RCS Seminar–Spring 2014

I am from Higgins Beach, in Scarborough, Maine, six miles south of Portland. After spending five years as track announcer at Scarborough Downs, I left to study fulltime in graduate school, where my advisor was Akira Iriye. My B.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) come from Harvard, my M.A. from the University of Chicago (1989). Before coming to Brooklyn College & the CUNY Graduate Center, I taught at Arizona State and Williams; I also have served as a visiting professor at Harvard (2005) and at Tel Aviv University (2007-8), as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities.

Feel free to e-mail me or call me (207-329-8456) with any comments or questions; or follow me on twitter.

Below are links to the PowerPoints for each session:

PowerPoint #1: Foundations of the Presidency (Washington, J. Adams, Jefferson)

PowerPoint#2: Best & Worst (Buchanan, Lincoln, A. Johnson)

PowerPoint #3: Origins of the Modern Presidency (T. Roosevelt, Wilson)

PowerPoint#4;  The Presidency & Global Conflict (FDR, Truman)

PowerPoint #5:: The Presidency and Social Change (Kennedy, LBJ, Nixon)

PowerPoint 6: The Modern Presidency (Bush, Obama)

Twitter Accounts

Michael Beschloss

Julian Zelizer

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Sean Wilentz

Background Reading

Presidential Campaigns & Elections

Dept. of Interior: campaign maps

NARA: Electoral College, with data and resources

UCSB: American Presidency Project

Library of Congress:

TV ads–Living Room Candidate

General Sources

Presidential Recordings Program

Miller Center: American President

UCSB: American Presidency Project

Presidential Libraries












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