Warren G. Harding: Harbinger of Normalcy

Mildred Diane Gleason and H. Micheal Tarver
Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, AR

Series: First Men, America’s Presidents, Presidency in the United States
BISAC: HIS036000

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Warren Gamaliel Harding was a traditional man in the mode of the late-nineteenth, early-twentieth century. His values, perspective on the world around him, his habits and leisure pastimes, and his opinions about being an American and a man were all extremely traditional.

To understand Warren G. Harding one must first seek the essence of the man. This work attempts to discover and analyze the essence of Harding through three methods. First, this book presents a biographical overview that examines the person of Warren G. Harding in an effort to understand how he captured the admiration and adoration of so many Americans while at the same time being assailed as an ignorant man, incompetent President, and unethical individual. Second, in order to ascertain and evaluate Harding as a political leader and the effectiveness of his presidency, this book analyzes selected key decisions, tactics, and policies pursued by the Harding Administration. Third, this work briefly describes the context of the Harding Era, basically the period from 1920 through 1923. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword pp. i-xxiii

Acknowledgments pp. xxv

Chapter One: Early Years pp. 1-12

Chapter Two: Early Politics, 1892-1920 pp. 13-32

Chapter Three: The Nomination, 1920 pp. 33-48

Chapter Four: The Presidential Campaign and Election pp. 49-72

Chapter Five: The Presidency, 1921-1923 pp. 73-98

Chapter Six: Death and Scandals pp. 99-118

Chapter Seven: Reappraisal pp. 119-136

Appendix pp. 137-146

Bibliography pp. 147-152

Index pp. 153-156

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