How has the office of the presidency evolved since its inception more than two centuries ago?
America's founders invented a novel institution in that fateful Philadelphia summer of 1787: the presidency. Its basic character remains fixed in Article II of the Constitution. Yet over the republic's more than two centuries under that constitution, the scale and complexity of American society have changed dramatically.
Professor Kennedy explores the parallel evolutionary pathways of the presidency as an institution and the character of American society, with special emphasis on the role of the media amidst that increasingly vexed relationship.