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.”Continue reading “The Most Maligned President in US History Wasn’t Trump￼”
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.Continue reading “When President Harding Went to Birmingham￼”
He was born a Seventh-Day Adventist, but later became a Baptist. He was a Mason of high degree, joined the Elk Lodge, the Rotary Club, the local Chamber of Commerce. He even played the sousaphone. He was, wrote journalist William Allen White, “the Prominent Citizen” in Marion, Ohio. One of his Secret Service agents said he was “the kindest man I ever knew.”Continue reading “The Real Warren Harding”
Dear Professor Walters,
Congratulations and my sincere appreciation for your Jazz Age President. Well done!
You “hit it out of the park.” I couldn’t have said it better, and am going to give copies to my 3 sons!
Warren G. Harding III
Imagine, if you will, the United States in the midst of turmoil not seen since the days of civil war. The nation was in the throes of a decades-long period of progressive reforms that changed the relationship between citizen and government, with the new balance in favor of Washington.Continue reading “What President Warren Harding Achieved￼”
There is a new space race dawning. Americans, and indeed much of the world, seem to have caught a new strain of space fever, a craze not seen since the glory days of Apollo. NASA shirts and accessories are more frequently seen in public than they have been in decades. It seems a new generation of Americans are eager for a return to the moon and beyond.Continue reading “Lessons Learned: How Apollo 1 Made Space Travel Safer￼”
“Presidents are ranked wrong. In The Jazz Age President: Defending Warren G. Harding, Ryan Walters mounts a case that Harding deserves to move up — and supplies the evidence to make that case strong. No historian of the 1920s makes the case for Harding after Walters.” – Amity Shlaes, author of Coolidge
“He cut taxes and regulations, got the economy roaring, put America first after years of wearisome globalist utopianism, and for all his efforts was derided as unfit for the job. Ryan Walters’ The Jazz Age President: Defending Warren Harding is a long-overdue defense of the man who was Trump before Trump, a criminally underrated and unjustly maligned president who in a just, America-first ranking, would be regarded as one of America’s greatest presidents. This book is a timely and much-needed salvo in the ongoing war to wrest American history back from the socialist ideologues who have dominated it for too long.” – Robert Spencer, author of Rating America’s Presidents
“Warren Harding is perpetually labeled as one of the ‘bad presidents,’ as a bumbling idiot who couldn’t write a speech, or as a philandering playboy with literal closet affairs, but as Ryan Walters expertly shows, this is unjust. Rather than one of the worst presidents, Harding should be regarded as a man who believed in the original intent of the presidency and who was able to stave off one of the worst economic crises of the twentieth century by doing nothing. You’ll have a new appreciation for Wobbly Warren after reading this book.” – Brion McClanahan is the author of 9 Presidents Who Screwed Up America and Four Who Tried to Save Her
“Warren G. Harding gets no respect, ranked last or nearly last in the academic surveys of presidential performance. But he led America from a wartime to a peacetime economy, ended a chaotic spate of labor and racial strife, nipped in the bud an ominous recession, and generated a rare surge of economic growth. Ryan Walters has produced a much-needed corrective–a sprightly written and thoroughly researched narrative of Harding’s true contributions, which were significant and deserve recognition.” – Robert W. Merry, author of Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians.
Congressional Democrats are currently working diligently to pass a major election “reform” bill so that no person’s right to vote can be suppressed, which liberals allege is happening in every election, especially in red states. In order to safeguard this sacred right from those nasty conservatives who are trying to take squash it, Democrats are proposing what is essentially a federal takeover of the electoral process.
But this move is not unprecedented in American history. We’ve been here before, in 1890.Continue reading “The Democrat Election “Reform” Bill: We’ve Been Here Before”
Just this week, I released a new book on Grover Cleveland, published by the Abbeville Institute Press.Continue reading “My New Book On Grover Cleveland”