The Presidency

The Presidency

On January 20, 2001, George W. Bush will be sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States. When I stopped to think about it, it seemed pretty amazing that only forty-two men have filled the office before him. Who were these men? How did they shape our country? To answer these questions, and many more, I found the following five sites.

The American President5 stars

"Welcome to a new, comprehensive guide to the presidents of the United States. Written as a collaborative project between teachers, leading historians, and political scientists, these biographies are specifically designed to be valuable to students, teachers, and scholars." This site was created to accompany last year's PBS documentary series of the same name. You'll find great stuff for school reports under Presidential History Resources, but don't miss The War Room Campaign Simulation Game (from the front page.) "You're the hottest campaign manager around and you're ready to join an intense battle to elect the leader of the free world!"

National Geographic: Inside the White House3 stars

"First day on the job! You got the nomination, you campaigned, you won. Then you took the oath of office, made the first speech of your administration, and danced the night away. But now it's morning in America -- time to face the Oval Office. It's YOUR chance to be President of the United States. Let's see how you do." Other fun clicks include silly things White House children have done (go to Kids) or the clickable map of the White House neighborhood (choose Mapping.) Teachers will like the grade-level classroom activities found under Learn More.

The Presidents5 stars

"There is much to learn about the presidency by studying the men who occupied the office. All have been immensely different from one another. Woodrow Wilson, the peacemaker; Kennedy, the Cold Warrior; Jimmy Carter, the engineer; 'Silent Cal' Coolidge and the bellicose Theodore Roosevelt. We've had Richard Nixon, the anti-communist and Ronald Reagan, the actor turned politician. All of the characters are complex and all of their stories surprising. Their lives and careers provide us a panoramic view of America." The Presidents Web site draws on the research done for eight PBS television specials portraying the seven aforementioned presidents and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Honorable Mentions

The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

American Presidents: Life Portraits

Internet Public Library POTUS

Outline of American Government: Executive Branch

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Feldman, Barbara. "The Presidency." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 17 Jan. 2001. Web. 27 Aug. 2015. < >.

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