The Presidency

Subject: Social Studies: Government  
Grade Level:  4th Grade and Above
Catalog #  SOCI23913
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Author: Kevin McNamara
Binding:  Hardback  
Copyright Year:  2000  

The Presidency surveys the evolution of the office throughout our history, from the Founding Father's fear that a president might assume the powers of a kind to the expanded role of the presidency in the 20th century, as America's participation in foreign wars has continued to grow.

The Founding Fathers would probably be shocked at the power of the U.S. presidency today. But they could not have predicted how large, wealthy, and powerful a nation America would become. Wars and other national crises have expanded the scope of the presidency and demanded more of our presidents. These events continue to determine how important presidents are and how much power they will have.

From the start, Americans have regarded their government with a mixture of reliance and mistrust. The founders of the republic understood the importance of government. "If men were angels," observed the 51st Federalist Paper, "no government would be necessary." But men are not angels.

The delegates who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 to write the Constitution had two purposes in mind: They wanted to establish a strong central authority and to limit that central authority's capacity to abuse its power.

The series Your Government: How it Works provides an in-depth examination of our government and its workings and makes clear how our informed participation is crucial to government's serving both the individual and the American people as a whole.

Other Books in the Your Government -- How it Works series
The Attorney General's Office
The Cabinet
The Central Intelligence Agency
The Drug Enforcement Administration
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
History of the Democrat Party
History of the Republican Party
History of Third Parties
The House of Representatives/a>
How a Bill is Passed
How to Become an Elected Official
The Impeachment Process
The Presidency
The Internal Revenue Service
The Secretary of State
The Senate
The Speaker of the House of Representatives
The Supreme Court
The U.S. Armed Forces
The U.S. Constitution
The Vice Presidency







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