Friday, January 11, 2013


On Tuesday, January 15 at 6:30 p.m. the National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Mark Hull for a lecture titled Bypassed by Greatness: The Warren Harding Years. A 6:00 p.m. reception will precede this event.

Warren G. Harding (1921-23) was an unlikely President in so many ways and, until being eclipsed by President Richard Nixon and Watergate, his administration was most often associated with what is perhaps the worst national corruption scandal, Teapot Dome. Harding's death in office in 1923 likely saved him from even more damaging public revelations about his personal life. Harding rose from relative obscurity and was the perennial compromise candidate. He grew to political maturity in the "Gilded Age" of party bosses and widespread graft even as these practices were losing to the new tide of progressivism. Harding inherited a United States in conflict. America was one of the victorious Allied nations in World War I, yet it was burdened by pressing domestic issues: civil rights, women's rights, Prohibition, and with an economic collapse just over the horizon. Although his abbreviated administration had a few notable successes, many historians consider Harding the worst president in the history of the Republic. To make a reservation for this free event, call 816-268-8010 or email us here.

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