The Two Presidents Whose Economic Policies Are Most Misunderstood By Historians

This article was originally published at on March 5, 2022 and The Epoch Times on March 9, 2022.

One is viewed as among America’s greatest presidents; the other perhaps the worst of all. One is hailed as a savior; the other as a failure. One is given memorials to enshrine his name for all time; the other is pushed into the sea of forgetfulness.

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On More ‘Worst Presidents’ Lists Than Anyone Else, Warren G. Harding Finally Gets Redemption

Originally published on, February 23, 2022:

The insults hurled at Warren G. Harding over the years have been downright brutal, even decades after his death. In 1981, Ralph Nader said of the newly inaugurated chief executive, “Ronald Reagan is the most ignorant President since Warren Harding.”

Others have been a bit more pithy: worst president ever, dead last, unfit, corrupt, immoral, incompetent, inept, lazy, indecisive, shallow, an amiable fool, and a notorious womanizer.

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The Most Maligned President in US History Wasn’t Trump

He “came into the White House as President of the United States on the crest of a wave of hate,” his detractors wrote. His campaign “was made upon hate of the current President, which was fanned by a cheap super-nationalism.” The Republican Party was filled with “bitter hatred,” and was “isolationist, governed by its emotions, and not amenable to reason. Out of that witch’s pot of mad malice rose the stench which produced his election and became the new administration.” 

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When President Harding Went to Birmingham

In sharp contrast to his segregationist predecessor, President Warren Harding wanted to take some action in support of the nation’s black population. He called for a federal civil rights law, a federal anti-lynching law, a commission on race, spoke at an all-black college in Pennsylvania, and, in October 1921, traveled to Birmingham, Alabama, in the heart of the old Confederacy, to give a speech to a segregated audience on providing blacks with equal political rights and equal opportunities in education. That represented the height of political courage at the time.

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