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1 What you NEED to know about U.S. Presidents USHG Regents Review

2 George Washington (1 st ) No political party Set precedents: cabinet, 2 term tradition Domestic Policy: Strengthened the federal government (Whiskey Rebellion); against political parties Foreign Policy: Proclamation of Neutrality

3 Thomas Jefferson (3 rd ) Democratic-Republican Domestic Policy: favored a limited federal government, opposed Alien and Sedition Acts, opposed Hamilton’s Federalist Party, opposed national bank Foreign Policy: purchased Louisiana Territory from France, doubled the size of the U.S.

4 James Monroe (5 th ) National Republican Foreign Policy: the Monroe Doctrine – warned Europe to stay out of affairs in Western Hemisphere – continued policy of isolationism.

5 Andrew Jackson (7 th ) Democrat Domestic Policy: used presidential veto power more than any other president (national bank), supported Indian Removal Act, used the spoils system Trail of Tears

6 Abraham Lincoln (16 th ) Republican His election caused Southern secession from the union and began the Civil War Increased Presidential powers during war: suspended habeas corpus, spent $ without Congressional approval Emancipation Proclamation – more symbolic than effective. # 1 goal: PRESERVE THE UNION Believed secession was constitutionally impossible Reconstruction Plans: reunify as a country ASAP

7 Andrew Johnson (17 th ) Republican Reconstruction Plans – very lenient on former confederates Impeached by the House of Representatives because they did not like his Reconstruction policies (acquitted) 13 th and 14 th Amendments ratified during his presidency

8 William McKinley (24 th ) Republican Foreign Policy: period of expansionism and imperialism Spanish-American War

9 Theodore Roosevelt (25 th ) Republican Progressive – program called the Square Deal Domestic Policy: trust-buster, conservationist, reformer Foreign Policy: “Big Stick Policy” – use force when necessary (strong navy) Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine – U.S. is the police power in Latin America Panama Canal built

10 William H. Taft (26 th ) Republican Progressive President Domestic Policy: continued business regulation of Progressive Era Foreign Policy: “Dollar Diplomacy” – emphasized US business investment in Latin America

11 Woodrow Wilson (27 th ) Democrat Progressive President – program called “New Freedom” Domestic Policy: economic reform (Clayton Antitrust Act, Federal Reserve Act) Foreign Policy: World War I (“make the world safe for democracy”), 14 Points, League of Nations Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles in favor of isolationist policies

12 Calvin Coolidge (29 th ) Republican Domestic Policy: Laissez-Faire toward business. “Coolidge Prosperity”

13 Herbert Hoover (30 th ) Republican Domestic Policy: dealt with problems of the Great Depression – trickle down theory Opposed direct relief to people, used government resources to try to help businesses, asked people for voluntary help. Used federal troops to put down the “bonus army” of WWI veterans.

14 Franklin D Roosevelt (31 st ) (only Pres. to serve more than 2 terms) Democrat Domestic Policy: plan for the Great Depression- the New Deal. Called for direct relief, expanded the power of the federal government, created “alphabet agencies” – New Deal was criticized as too extreme by conservatives Responded with “court-packing scheme” when Supreme Court struck down his programs Foreign Policy: President during WWII – from “cash and carry” to the lend/lease act; “good neighbor policy”, supported Japanese internment camps.

15 Harry Truman (32 nd ) Democrat Domestic Policy: desgregated the armed forces and the federal government Foreign Policy: made decision to drop atomic bombs on Japan, Began the policy of containment (Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan) during the Cold War, Entered Korean War

16 Dwight D. Eisenhower (33 rd ) Republican Domestic Policy: Federal Interstate Highway Act, sent troops to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce desegregation Foreign Policy: Eisenhower Doctrine – pledged to support any middle eastern country trying to fight off communism

17 John F. Kennedy (34 th ) Democrat (the New Frontier) Domestic Policy: supported efforts in space exploration, dealt minimally with civil rights issues with little success (suggested civil rights bill). Foreign Policy: The Alliance for Progress (containment in Latin America), the Peace Corps, Bay of Pigs invasion, Cuban Missile Crisis, sent military “advisors” to Vietnam

18 Lyndon B. Johnson (35 th ) Democrat Domestic Policy: The Great Society – War on Poverty, Civil Rights Act of 1964 Foreign Policy: Gulf of Tonkin Resolution expanded Vietnam War Division over war – he decides not to seek reelection in 1968

19 Richard M. Nixon (36 th ) Republican Domestic Policy: “New Federalism” – worked to decrease Great Society programs and social welfare Foreign Policy: “Vietnamization” policy, increased bombings in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, détente in Cold War (visited China and USSR) WATERGATE: Only President to resign from office

20 Gerald R. Ford (37 th ) Republican Was House Minority Leader when he was appointed Vice President after Spiro Agnew’s resignation. Became President after Nixon’s. Only President to serve who was never on a ballot. Domestic Policy: pardoned Nixon Foreign Policy: Helsinki Accords

21 Jimmy Carter (38 th ) Democrat Domestic Policy: dealt with problems of stagflation and oil shortages, asked people to voluntarily cut back on energy usage. Foreign Policy: focus on human rights, Panama Canal Treaty, Camp David Accords was biggest success, Iranian Hostage Crisis was biggest failure

22 Ronald Reagan (39 th ) Republican Domestic Policy: conservative on social issues; supply-side economic policy (Reagonomics) Foreign Policy: planned a nuclear defense strategy- strategic defense initiative (SDI) nicknamed “star wars”, signed arms control agreements with USSR

23 George H.W. Bush (40 th ) Republican Domestic Policy: raised taxes to deal with inherited budget deficit and national debt Foreign Policy: Cold War ended; led U.S. into Persian Gulf War against Iraq in 1991.

24 William Clinton (41 st ) Democrat Domestic Policy: focus on health care reform and social security reform, and reducing the national debt, NAFTA Foreign Policy: sent troops to Serbia, Bosnia, Haiti to secure human rights and peace Impeached by the House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice – acquitted by the Senate.

25 George W. Bush (42 nd ) Republican Won presidency after election dispute and Supreme Court decision in Bush v Gore. Domestic Policy: tax cuts, NCLB, social security reform Foreign Policy: war on terror, invasions of Afghanistan (al Qauda extremists) and Iraq (Sadam Hussein and WMDs)

26 Barack H. Obama (43 rd ) Democrat First African-American President Domestic Policy – stimulus package for economic recovery Foreign Policy – scaled back troops in Iraq, increase troop levels in Afghanistan


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