Moral Character and the Presidency
This program is part of the “Presidents in Perspective” symposium at Boston College. Mr. Gergen moderated a panel… read more
This program is part of the “Presidents in Perspective” symposium at Boston College.
Mr. Gergen moderated a panel discussion called, “U.S. Presidents in Perspective: The Shifting Fortunes of Presidential Reputations,” centering on the issue of moral character in the presidency. The panelists discussed George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman and others in terms of courage, commitment to duty, belief in public values such as life and liberty, and self-restraint.
Susan Dunn wrote Jefferson’s Second Revolution: The Election Crisis of 1800 and the Triumph of Republicanism, published by Houghton Mifflin. Ronald Walters wrote White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community, published by Wayne State University Press. Douglas Wilson wrote Honor’s Voice: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln, published by Alfred A. Knopf. David Gergen wrote Eyewitness to Power.
David Gergen directs the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Susan Dunn Professor Williams College->Humanities Department
- David R. Gergen Professor Harvard University->Kennedy (J.F.) School of Government
- Ronald W. Walters Director University of Maryland, College Park->African American Leadership Inst.
- Douglas L. Wilson Co-Director Knox College->Lincoln Studies Center
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