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Hail to the Chief

The expansion of executive power in America

Artillery Row

With less than four weeks to go before American voters elect their next president, how has executive authority developed since George Washington was sworn in as the federal republic’s first president in 1789?

In this first of three podcasts to mark the coming presidential election, Professor Jeremy Black, author of Fighting for America and Altered States, talks to The Critic‘s political editor, Graham Stewart, about where power lay in the period between the United States achieving independence and the outbreak of Civil War in 1861.


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