Although Van Buren himself was an effective politician, his years as president prompted scholars to rank Van Buren’s presidency as average, grouped among some of the least-effective and forgettable presidents in U.S. history
Clinton was an internationalist and believed in an activist American presence abroad, but he was unable to create a comprehensive doctrine to guide the United States into the 21st century.
For Filmore, slavery was a moral wrong, and imposing on states’ rights was a legal wrong, but for U.S. history, the chimera of legislation that became the Compromise of 1850 was a catastrophic mistake.
President Buchanan amassed the largest fiscal imbalance of a pre-Civil War administration not engaging in a foreign war and that fact only scrathes the surface of his shortcomings.
Adams’ mistake was not, as some would have it, in angrily prosecuting his political enemies; it was, rather, in allowing others within his administration to pursue acts which went against his avowed political principles and instincts.
To discover everything wrong with the Gipper, we have to challenge myths from all sides.
Was Harry Truman one of the worst terrorists of all time? If words mean anything anymore—then absolutely, yes.
John Tyler was the one person most responsible for squashing republicanism and establishing the empire.
Even in the small space of just thirty days, William Henry Harrison still managed to do everything wrong.
We are launching an exciting new series of essays cataloging the long list of everything wrong with the Presidents.