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The Forgotten Presidents: Their Untold Constitutional Legacy

Michael J. Gerhardt


This book challenges popular misconceptions about the presidency and the Constitution. The conventional view is that the Supreme Court is primarily responsible for interpreting the Constitution and that only a handful of presidents—our greatest—may have had some influence on constitutional development. Gerhardt suggests that, in fact, presidents who most of us do not remember have helped to shape, often in enduring ways, both the office of the presidency and the Constitution. The stories of these presidents show how their office, by design, drew them into defending its prerogatives often at th ... More

Keywords: presidential history, presidential powers, the Constitution, constitutional history, presidents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199967797
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199967797.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael J. Gerhardt, author
University of North Carolina