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Scholars Day: April 7, 2010

The Expansion of the American Presidency

The Constitution constrains the Federal Government with a policy that separates church and state, yet the Protestant Ethic is still deeply intertwined with American culture and government. In order to udnerstand the expansion of presidential powers, one must first understand how Americans and American Presidents seek to promote and expand America as a protestant “city upon a hill.” The expansion of presidential powers is not a product of the New Deal, Progressivism, or any other development of the twentieth century. The expansion of Presidential authority, in the United States, is as old as the Presidency itself. The actions of Presidents McKinley, Polk, Jackson, Madison, John Adams and many others provide definitive proof that the expansion of Presidential powers is prevalent throughout American history and is inspired by Protestant Ideology.

Presenter: Kurt Stoeber (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: History
Location: 127 Hartwell
Time: 1:30 pm (Session III)