American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

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"This illustrated volume recounts the evolution of the presidency, from the age of George Washington until today. Drawing from the vast collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, it provides a revealing glimpse of the culture, particularly the material culture, of the presidency: the duties, responsibilities, rituals, representations, and personal effects of America's chief executive." "The American Presidency accompanies a permanent exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American
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Overview

"This illustrated volume recounts the evolution of the presidency, from the age of George Washington until today. Drawing from the vast collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, it provides a revealing glimpse of the culture, particularly the material culture, of the presidency: the duties, responsibilities, rituals, representations, and personal effects of America's chief executive." "The American Presidency accompanies a permanent exhibition of the same name at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History."--BOOK JACKET.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In November 2000 the Smithsonian National Museum of American History opened a permanent exhibit, "The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden." This companion volume is a worthy complement, with more than 300 color photos and an introduction by Richard Norton Smith, noted historian and director of the Gerald R. Ford Library. Smith sets the tone of the exhibit by criticizing the history profession for allowing the statisticians to crowd out the storytellers, and the subsequent compilation displays the presidency as a social and cultural institution more than a political one. Among the hundreds of fascinating artifacts are tickets to President Clinton's Senate impeachment; Lincoln Tea, which was said to be an effective laxative; inaugural gowns worn by First Ladies; and reminders of the dangers presidents face, a drum that played a somber cadence at President Kennedy's funeral procession and the top hat worn by President Lincoln the night he was assassinated. The compilers remind the reader of the important symbolic relationship that the American people share with their president. Strongly recommended for public libraries and academic collections of popular history.--Karl Helicher, Upper Merion Twp. Lib., King of Prussia, PA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
In conjunction with the opening of a new permanent exhibit at the National Museum of History, this amply illustrated volume by museum staff draws from NMH collections to illuminate the evolution, and media's memory-shaping, of the US Presidency through material culture: from assassination-related images to Clinton's saxophone. Includes a chronology. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416129868
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Creating the Presidency 27
Presidential Campaigns 39
Celebrating Inaugurations 53
Presidential Roles 67
Limits of Presidential Power 91
The White House as Symbol and Home 107
Assassination and Mourning 123
Communicating the Presidency 139
The Presidency in Popular Imagination 155
Life After the Presidency 169
Further Reading 181
A Presidential Chronology 183
Acknowledgments 185
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