Benjamin Harrison: President at the Crossroads
A President at the Crossroads
He was a man living in two worlds. He was a witness to both the extremes of wealth and poverty in the Gilded Age and the unbridled promise of the Modern Era. He saw the rise of prairie populism and a country’s transformation from rural isolationism to international power. He dreamed of a world where men shared the same civil rights regardless of color, but was challenged at every pass. Above all else, Benjamin Harrison was America’s Hoosier President, raising a family in the country’s heartland in Indianapolis.
Who was this 23rd president of the United States?
A war hero and champion of veterans. Cold in conversation but a brilliant lawyer and orator. In conservation, he was visionary; in foreign affairs, foresighted; in personal affairs, unconventional. He was an early architect of a social safety net. He signed landmark anti-trust legislation still on the books today.
You’ll discover the politics and the power, the personality and the private life, of a man at the crossroads between the past and the now.
But always, a President with boundless faith in people: “An American could not be a good citizen who did not have hope in his heart.”
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October 4, 2022
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