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Presidential Fight Club Dec. 23 Draft

Scroll down to listen to all the fight commentaries or click here to download them in Apple Podcasts and subscribe to the feed.   Wood splinters cover the ground. The pile of fire wood you've chopped has grown into a mountain. It should. You've been at it for hours. Your…

Here’s the fighting ability of every U.S. president in one chart

Historians love to argue over which president was the best. Every few years CSPAN releases a survey of presidential leadership in which they ask academics to rank the presidents in such qualities as public persuasion, crisis leadership, moral authority, and administrative skills. But we think a much more important quality…

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The Noble Savage: The Brave

The male version of the noble savage is The Brave. He is peaceful, kills only to eat or to defend his family, and is not wasteful. The Brave is a spiritual, mystic guardian of the land who exists in harmony with, and as icon of America's wilderness past, as if he were an…

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The Great Rapprochement

The Great Rapprochement describes a fundamental shift in the relationship between Great Britain and the United States in the late Nineteenth Century. In general, the social and political objectives of the two nations converged, while both recognized their shared history and democratic institutions. Significant changes in the both countries made…

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The 1976 Presidential Election

Gerald R. Ford (Republican) v. Jimmy Carter (Democrat)   The 1976 presidential election was the first held in the wake of the Watergate scandal, which had consumed the Nixon presidency and resulted in Gerald R. Ford becoming president. Ford had first become Vice President by congressional confirmation in the wake…

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The Civil War Amendments

The Reconstruction Amendments are the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth amendments to the United States Constitution, passed between 1865 and 1870, the five years immediately following the Civil War. This group of Amendments are sometimes referred to as the Civil War Amendments. The Amendments were intended to restructure the United States…

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The Pendleton Civil Service Reform Act (1883)

An act to regulate and improve the civil service of the United States. Be it enacted...That the President is authorized to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, three persons, not more than two of whom shall be adherents of the same party, as Civil Service…

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The First Grover Cleveland Administration: 1885-1889

Early Political Career In 1884, Grover Cleveland was the first Democrat to be elected president since the Civil War. He was also the second, elected again in 1892 after the White House had returned to Republican rule for four years in the 1888 election. Cleveland is generally considered one of…

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