Herbert Hoover 1929-1933

This is an entry in my Presidential Rankings series. To see the most up to date full rankings, and where each president ranks follow the link here: Presidential Rankings Herbert Hoover became president shortly before the 1929 stock market crash. While many historians paint a picture of Hoover as a do-nothing president who was a victim…

Brion McClanahan’s 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America Part IV

I already explained Brion McClanahan’s ranking system and critiqued his reasoning on three presidents in Part I of this series and critiqued more presidents in Part II and Part III of the series. In this part I will continue my analysis of his book. Richard Nixon McClanahan notes: “His (Nixon’s) first budget proposal to Congress immediately balanced…

John Adams 1797-1801

This is an entry in my Presidential Rankings series. To see the most up to date full rankings, and where each president ranks follow the link here: Presidential Rankings John Adams became the second President of the United States after serving two terms as George Washington‘s vice-president. At the time of his election, the electors voted for…

Brion McClanahan’s 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America Part III

I already explained Brion McClanahan’s ranking system and critiqued his reasoning on three presidents in Part I of this series and critiqued another three presidents in Part II of the series. In this part I will continue my analysis of his book. Harry Truman McClanahan states: “His (Truman’s) decision to use atomic weapons to bring Japan to…

Franklin Pierce 1853-1857

This is an entry in my Presidential Rankings series. To see the most up to date full rankings, and where each president ranks follow the link here: Presidential Rankings Franklin Pierce started his presidency vowing to not reopen the slavery issue that was settled by the Compromise of 1850, unfortunately he was unable to keep this…

Brion McClanahan’s 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America Part II

I already explained Brion McClanahan’s ranking system and critiqued his reasoning on three presidents in Part I of this series. In this part I will continue my analysis of his book. Theodore Roosevelt McClanahan states that Teddy Roosevelt “believed that the Constitution, rather than limiting executive power to those codified in the document, established unlimited…

Theodore Roosevelt 1901-1909

This is an entry in my Presidential Rankings series. To see the most up to date full rankings, and where each president ranks follow the link here: Presidential Rankings Theodore Roosevelt is usually ranked highly by historians, but I believe that this is more due to him being an interesting person rather than a good president….

Brion McClanahan’s 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America Part I

9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America is a book by Brion McClanahan that discusses the nine presidents that he believes did the most harm to the United States, he also lists four presidents that “tried to save her“. After an introductory chapter, there is a chapter on each of these thirteen presidents. The book was…

Lyndon Johnson 1963-1969

This is an entry in my Presidential Rankings series. To see the most up to date full rankings, and where each president ranks follow the link here: Presidential Rankings Lyndon Johnson became president upon the assassination of John Kennedy. This happened in the middle of the civil rights movement and as the war in Viet Nam was…

The Myth of the Lost Cause

When discussing the causes of the Civil war there seems to be two camps that are diametrically opposed. In one camp are people that state that the only cause of the Civil War was slavery. The other side in the discussion is the believers of the “Lost Cause” of the Confederacy. They state that slavery wasn’t even…