Daily Briefing: February 18

Presidents and their Historical Reputations

This C-Span survey summarizes the scores that these presidential historians and biographers gave these presidents. Notice that in addition to an overall ranking, presidents are ranked in 10 categories that shed light on their presidencies.

  1. In the overall rankings, notice which presidents are at the top of the list, and those at the bottom. Why so?
  2. Pick a category, like Public Persuasion or Economic Management, and see which presidents fared well or fell to the bottom. What events, or presidential actions may have contributed to these rankings?
  3. What was the biggest surprise to you? What score for which president wasn’t what you expected? Why?