American History & Presidents

Two Presidents and Two Popes

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Stream.org. Thirty-five years ago, on June 7, 1982, Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II met for the first time at the Vatican. The two were of one mind and one mission. It … Continue reading

The Book that Made America

When asked to identify the “founding fathers,” Americans typically name a few prominent political leaders and military heroes—figures like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. A more difficult question is: Who are America’s intellectual founding fathers? That is, whose … Continue reading

Rating the Presidents—and Obama

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. I’ve been getting emails from bewildered colleagues asking about a survey of presidential scholars that determined that Barack Obama is the 12th best president in the history of the United … Continue reading

Will the Real Donald Trump Please Stand Up?

Last week President Donald Trump spoke to the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., as his predecessors have consistently done since 1953. Called the Presidential Prayer Breakfast until 1970, the event routinely attracts 3,000 or more people to pray for … Continue reading

Will Obama Pardon the Rosenbergs?

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at TribLive.com.You may have noticed an unusual amount of renewed attention being given to the Rosenbergs—that is, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. That’s because there’s an aggressive push by liberals to try to exonerate the … Continue reading

President-Elect Trump: The New Whig President

As someone who served as a Republican delegate from Pennsylvania during the 2016 election, and as a professor of political science and presidential history, I have some fresh political-historical observations untangled from partisan gossip about Donald Trump and his future … Continue reading