American History & Presidents

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

The Roots of the New Trump Order

Ronald Reagan won a convincing popular and electoral victory in 1980. Campaigning for income tax cuts, smaller government, and a resolute stand against communism, Reagan earned a mandate to carry out his conservative vision. Part of his victory was owed … Continue reading

Death by Fidel

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. Fidel Castro is dead. To say those words is so strange. I’ve never known a moment when he wasn’t alive. Castro came to power seven years before I was born, … Continue reading

The Center Presents: Presidential Trivia

We here at the Center want to know how well you know the men who held the highest office in the land. That’s why we’ve created this challenging Presidential Trivia. Have fun! Thanks for having fun with our Presidential Trivia! … Continue reading