POTUS 1: How George Washington Made the Presidency

David Head
Politics / History

Course Description

When George Washington was inaugurated president in 1789, he faced an impossible task: unite the people of thirteen independent-thinking states; rescue the nation from lingering war debt; navigate European power politics; prove the Constitution worked; and establish what he called a "national character," America's reputation on the world stage. Washington was aware that everything he did would set a precedent, and so the presentation focuses on key moments when the first president both responded to urgent events and set an example for the future. We'll look at how Washington created the cabinet, how he set the limits of executive power, and how he led during turmoil, both foreign and domestic. We'll also explore why Washington was the greatest president we've ever had and why it's a good thing he won't be matched.

About the Instructor

  • David Head, PhD, teaches history at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Privateers of the Americas: Spanish American Privateering from the United State in the Early Republic (Georgia, 2015) and editor of two works: Encyclopedia of the Atlantic World (ABC-CLIO, 2017) and The Golden Age of Piracy (Georgia, 20818). His newest book, A Crisis of Peace: George Washington, the Newburgh Conspiracy, and the Fate of the American Revolution, will be published by Pegasus Books in December 2019. He received his PhD in history from the University at Buffalo.

Upcoming programs presented by David Head.

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One-Time WPL01311 David Head POTUS 1: How George Washington Made the Presidency
Friday, January 31: 10:00 am - 11:30 am