The turbulent and unpredictable presidency of Donald Trump has intensified public and scholarly attention to the personalities of presidents.
Profiles in Power approaches the presidency as a personal affair that is shaped, in part, by the character of the occupants of the Oval Office and their attempts to craft public personas. In ten biographical essays that focus on individual presidents and on one First Lady, the authors in this volume build on a renewed interest in presidential studies that emphasizes individual agency. As such, the book seeks to bring the personal aspect of the presidency back into U.S. political history.
Jelte Olthof, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Groningen, where he teaches rhetoric and the U.S. Constitution. His dissertation
Patchwork Republic traces the rhetorical career of “we the people” in Congressional debates.
Maarten Zwiers, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Groningen. He specializes in rural and southern studies and is the author of
Senator James Eastland: Mississippi’s Jim Crow Democrat (LSU Press, 2015).
Acknowledgements Contributors Introduction: The Personal PresidencyJelte Olthof and Maarten Zwiers 1 The Symbiosis between Biography and HistoryNigel Hamilton 2 U.S. Presidents and PsychohistoryArthur Eaton 3 Origins and Development of Lincoln’s Antislavery PoliciesDavid Zarefsky 4 Jackson’s Heir: How Andrew Johnson Shaped the Post-civil War Political OrderMark Leon de Vries 5 Franklin D. Roosevelt as an Architect of Public HistorySara Polak 6 “A Different and Better Future”: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Global AtlanticDario Fazzi 7 War Hero in the White House: Dwight Eisenhower and the Politics of Peace, Prosperity, and PartyRobert Mason 8 “Like a Jackass in a Hailstorm”: Lyndon Johnson, Vietnam, and the Upending of the American CenturyKeith M. Finley 9 The Perfect Storm: Richard Nixon and the Office of Telecommunications PolicyKathryn Cramer Brownell 10 Hellhounds on the Campaign Trail: Region, Religion, and Manhood in Jimmy Carter’s Race for the White HouseMaarten Zwiers 11 Will the Real Trump Please Stand Up? Donald Trump’s Elusive PersonaJelte Olthof Bibliography Index
People interested in how the personality of presidents affected their time in office, as well as how U.S. presidents shape their public persona.