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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 072 Power, Principle, and Personality in American Leadership

This seminar explores, through biographies, the roles of political principle and public personality in the rise to power and use of power by presidents, governors, and mayors, such as Washington, Lincoln, Nixon, and others. Of special interest is the interactions of image and substance in the exercise of democratic power. Students write a biography of a living leader through personal interviews and documentary research based on insights from the bio- graphical readings.