What You Don't Know About Warren Harding

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 12:30pm
Led by 
David Kaplan and Sherry Hall

Elected 100 years ago, Warren G. Harding, America’s 29th president, is commonly referred to as one of the country’s worst performing chief executives, plagued by political and personal scandals and undone by ineptitude.  But can more be said about Harding’s legacy?  He campaigned for the presidency and arrived at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at a crucial juncture in American history, the country having emerged from both a world war and a global flu pandemic.  Women gained the right to vote. Automobiles were being mass-produced.  The new mass medium of radio was gaining popularity.  And pernicious Jim Crow laws and practices prevailed.  How did Harding respond to these cultural and political developments?  Join Washington Walks guide David Kaplan and Sherry Hall, Site Manager of the Harding Home and Memorial in Marion, Ohio, for a closer look at this Midwestern newspaper man turned U.S. Senator turned President.

Host: Carolyn Crouch, Founder, Washington Walks