Warren G. Harding - Phillip Payne

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Drawing from his book Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy, historian Phillip G. Payne examines what is widely regarded as the most corrupt presidency in American history.
Hail to the Chiefs
Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:30pm @ Plaza Branch

If George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are the saints in America’s civil religion, then the 29th president, Warren G. Harding, is our sinner, consistently judged a failure and ranked dead last among his peers.

Historian Phillip G. Payne offers the first significant reinterpretation of this controversial presidency in a discussion of his book Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy. Payne, an associate professor of history at St. Bonaventure University in western New York, explores how Harding’s name became synonymous with corruption, cronyism, and incompetence.

This presentation is part of the Hail to the Chiefs series on the American Presidency co-presented by the Kansas City Public Library and the Truman Library Institute. The series is made possible by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Legacy Fund grants. The series is co-sponsored by KCUR’s Up to Date.

 

 
Hail to the Chiefs - Fall 2013
All programs begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Truman Forum, Plaza Branch 4801 Main St.

Dwight Eisenhower & Richard Nixon
Jeffrey Frank, author of Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - RSVP here

Woodrow Wilson
A. Scott Berg, author of Wilson
Thursday, October 3, 2013 - RSVP here

Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Richard Moe, author of Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - RSVP here

Warren G. Harding
Phillip Payne, author of Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy
Thursday, November 21, 2013 - RSVP here

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