By B. Altschuler

ISBN-10: 0230110177

ISBN-13: 9780230110175

 Although motion pictures in regards to the presidency were a well-liked topic for research, there's no similar literature approximately performs that painting leader executives. This ebook fills that hole via analyzing intimately approximately 50 performs depicting old, fictional or even musical presidents. It explains how, because the public's belief in executive has declined, the heroic presidents of the 1st 1/2 the 20 th century were changed on level by means of such antiheroes as Nixon and Harding.

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101 The second scene flashes back three weeks to the White House where another Radical, Senator Benjamin Wade, warns Lincoln that he and Sumner are worried that General Grant will be too lenient after Confederate General Lee surrenders. ”102 Lincoln visits Grant in the third scene, asking, “Am I soft, General? ”103 Grant intends to allow the Confederate army to return home after Lee surrenders. ” He believes that the damage inflicted by the rebels deserves immediate retribution. “Now is the time / to break them into bits.

One reason that Dolly was forced to make her own living was that her father had suffered financial reverses as a result of his principled decision that the Declaration of Independence required him to free the family’s slaves. Dolly’s independence and virtue are constantly stressed in the play, as is future-resident Madison’s devotion to the nation’s good, colorfully described by Burr’s dismissive remark that James’s greatest passion is for the Constitution. Madison’s serious faults, most notably his owning of slaves, are never mentioned.

The onset of the Second World War so changed his thinking that he later joined the Roosevelt administration as a speechwriter, playing an important role in the formation of the Office of War Information and the Voice of America. Six months later, Ninian Edwards’ wife Elizabeth is trying to convince her sister, Mary Todd, of the unsuitability of Lincoln as a possible husband, because of his humble background and lack of substantial income. Nevertheless, Mary intends to accept the proposal she expects that evening, believing that Abe will go far “if I am strong enough to make him go on.

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