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History as it happens: Choosing war

In a Washington Times podcast, “History as it Happens,” presidential historian Jeffrey Engel discussed the long-ranging effects of President Biden’s commitment to Ukraine against a longstanding enemy.

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America faces its fourth existential crisis, and President-elect Biden will need to go big

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: January 17, 2021 Jeffrey A. Engel is a history professor and founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He wrote this opinion column for The Dallas Morning News. What is an American? More accurately, who? The question fuels our current political woes, drives Donald Trump’s […]

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‘The Image Is What Matters’: SMU Presidential Historian Says Better For Nation If Trump Attends Biden Inauguration

CBS DFW Originally Posted: Jan. 8, 2021 Historians and political experts are reacting to an announcement by President Donald Trump that breaks a long-standing tradition. When Joe Biden takes the oath of office on Jan. 20, President Trump says he won’t be there. The president announced the news Friday, Jan 8 on Twitter. He said, […]

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Listen: SMU Historian Discusses The Trump Impeachment Trial’s Place In American History

KERA Originally Posted: Feb 7, 2020 Donald Trump is only the third president in American history to be impeached. Dallas-based historian Jeffrey A. Engel sat down with Think’s Krys Boyd to discuss how Trump’s impeachment and acquittal might influence American history and the future of the presidency. Some have criticized the impeachment process as being too […]

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We were lucky to survive the Berlin Wall’s fall

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: Nov. 9, 2019 Thirty years ago this week the impossible happened: the Berlin Wall fell. More accurately it was crushed by Berliners both East and West who’d had enough of the scar across their cityscape. Like crowds before them, in Leipzig and Dresden in East Germany, in Budapest and Warsaw […]

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Trump’s State of the Union Address: Touchy Topics and Words to Own

SMU News Originally Posted: February 5, 2019 This is an excerpt from an SMU news release. To read the full article click here. SMU experts are available to analyze political landmines and presidential goals in the runup to the Feb. 5 State of the Union address. Ignore the Talk of Impeachment? Jeffrey Engel, director, SMU […]

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Listen: Historian Remembers George H.W. Bush’s Legacy

NPR Originally Posted: December 6, 2018 Rachel Martin talks to presidential historian Jeffrey Engel, who remembers former President George H.W. Bush as a globalist, and as a president who felt entitled to power. LISTEN

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Listen: How pardons hang over the Mueller investigation

Politico Originally Posted: November 26, 2018 Jeffrey Engel, Director of the Center for Presidential History and Department of History professor, joined POLITICO’s Nerdcast to talk about the history of presidential pardons–and perhaps their implication for today. This week on POLITICO’s Nerdcast we’re taking a break from our usual routine to take a look at presidential pardons. […]

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Trump presidency inspires wave of books on impeachment

AP Originally Posted: October 23, 2018 More than 40 years after working on the impeachment of Richard Nixon, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman is back on the case. This time, it’s with a book: “The Case for Impeaching Trump.” “The book really forced me to think this through,” Holtzman, a New York Democrat and member of […]

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Jeff Engel, Center for Presidential History, President Trump heads to Texas to campaign for Senator Ted Cruz

USA Today Originally Posted: October 22, 2018 Jeff Engel, Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History lends expertise for this Oct. 22 USA Today article. One of the political world’s most fractious couples gets together again Monday in Texas. President Donald Trump heads to Houston to stump for embattled incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz, the […]