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How historians view Trump – and how Trump sees himself

CBS News There’s at least one thing that Donald Trump’s critics and supporters can agree on about his presidency, according to Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University: “He came in to be a disrupter, and of all of his accomplishments, I think it’s very easy to say that he accomplished […]

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Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel quoted in Business Insider and Texas Standard

Originally Posted: March 21, 2021 Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel is quoted in Business Insider saying that after two impeachments, former President Trump is unlikely to ever be elected president again. He also told Texas Standard that Trump’s second impeachment trial demonstrated a remarkable disconnect between reality and senators’ votes.

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Historian Brian Franklin previews Joe Biden’s Inauguration and discusses past Presidential Inaugurations

KTLA 5 Morning News Originally Posted: January 20, 2021 Associate Director of the SMU Center for Presidential History Brian Franklin joined us live with his insight on the history of past Presidential Inauguration and a preview of the Inauguration of Joe Biden. For more information on Brian and the SMU Center for Presidential History, you […]

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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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Presidential Historian Reviews Presidents in Film & TV, from ‘Lincoln’ to ‘The Comey Rule’

Vanity Fair Originally Posted: October 23, 2020 Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel fact checks presidential scenes from movies and television including ‘Frost/Nixon,’ ‘Lincoln,’ ‘Pearl Harbor,’ ‘Vice,’ ‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Comey Rule,’ ‘W.,’ ‘The Special Relationship,’ ‘The Wind and the Lion,’ ‘Thirteen Days,’ ‘LBJ’ and ‘John Adams’ and analyzes their believability and execution. WATCH

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The Outsized Role of the President in Race Relations

Smithsonian Originally Posted: October 8, 2020 resident Barack Obama’s love of the Martin Luther King quote “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” went so deep that he had it woven into a rug in the Oval Office. For Obama, writes author Mychal Denzsel Smith, the quote was used “to temper the hope […]

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No one can predict the crises a president will face, so it’s better to vote on character (OPINION)

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: August 30, 2020 Jeffrey A. Engel directs the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News. (OPINION) The Dallas Morning News is publishing a multi-part series on important issues for voters to consider as they choose a president this year. This […]

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Could George Washington Be Elected Today?

Psychology Today Originally Posted: Feb. 16, 2020 George Washington won his two terms in office as president with the unanimous consent of the Electoral College. In fact, he ran unopposed. What made him so popular? Although Washington was the commander in chief of the Continental Army, he wasn’t the best general in the Continental army. […]

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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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Americans remain split on impeachment after public hearings begin, poll says

PBS News Originally Posted: Nov. 19, 2019 Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel was quoted in this article. Days into public impeachment hearings, nearly half of Americans want Congress to impeach President Donald Trump and remove him from office, according to a new poll from the PBS NewsHour, NPR and Marist. The latest data does not show a […]