The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

Event
Event

May 15, 2018 The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusetts Ave NE
Washington, DC
20002

Featured Author

William Hitchcock

William I. Hitchcock is a Professor of History at the University of Virginia and the Randolph Compton Professor at the Miller Center for Public Affairs. A graduate of Kenyon College and Yale University, he is the author most recently of The Bitter Road to Freedom: The Human Cost of Allied Victory in World War II Europe, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Description

In a 2017 survey, presidential historians ranked Dwight D. Eisenhower fifth on the list of great presidents, behind the perennial top four: Lincoln, Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Teddy Roosevelt. Historian William Hitchcock shows that this high ranking is justified. Eisenhower’s accomplishments were enormous and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own times.

Ike kept the peace: he ended the Korean War, avoided a war in Vietnam, managed a potential confrontation with China, and soothed relations with the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death. He guided the Republican Party to embrace central aspects of the New Deal like Social Security. He thwarted the demagoguery of McCarthy and advanced the agenda of civil rights for African Americans. As part of his strategy to wage, and win, the Cold War, Eisenhower expanded American military power, built a fearsome nuclear arsenal and launched the space race. In his famous Farewell Address, he acknowledged that Americans needed such weapons in order to keep global peace – but he also admonished his citizens to remain alert to the potentially harmful influence of the “military-industrial complex.” Hitchcock shows how Ike shaped modern America. He also assesses Eisenhower’s close confidants, from Attorney General Brownell to Secretary of State Dulles. The resulting reevaluation explains why this “do-nothing” president is rightly regarded as one of our best leaders.

 

Visit www.AgeofEisenhower.com for further details.