Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TED-Ed: "Inventing the American Presidency"

Don't Know Much About the Presidents (revised edition) By Kenneth C. Davis Illustrated by Pedro Martin Yesterday, TED-Ed posted Presidential historian Kenneth C. Davis’s latest video, entitled “Inventing the American Presidency.” The animated short details the division of government that the Founding Fathers spent the longest time debating: the executive branch. With massive opposition against instating a monarchy in the proposed United States, the Founders had to start from scratch. Davis narrates the piece himself, and explores how and why our American model of the Presidency originated, prompting the following question for your students: If you had to do it all over again, how would YOU design the executive branch?

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