Historian of the United States Senate Donald Ritchie commemorates Presidents' Day with a discussion of presidential relations with Congress since Harry S. Truman on Monday, February 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
Presidents have had to deal with reluctant or contrary Congresses throughout American history. The constitutional principle of checks and balances, when coupled with split partisan control of the machinery of government, is a recipe for heated conflict in Washington as well as on the campaign trail.
Ritchie, author of Congress and Harry S. Truman: A Conflicted Legacy, explains what has changed and what has remained the same under the contentious constitutional system of separate branches sharing power.
The event is co-sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Center for Governmental Affairs at UMKC, the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum, the Bernardin-Haskell Lectures Fund of the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences and the UMKC College of Arts & Sciences Continuing Education.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.