L324 Fall 2018 Presidents' Body Counts: The Best and Worst US Presidents Based on Human Rights Records
Tuesdays, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 2–Oct. 23
Instructor: Alton Carroll
Most rankings of presidents are popularity contests or based simply upon name recognition. This course argues that presidents should be judged on how many people lived or died because of their actions outside of just wars. The worst US presidents include Nixon, Reagan, and Jackson. The best include Lincoln and Carter. No doubt there will be much lively free-ranging discussion, such as why Clinton is ranked worse than George W. Bush.
Al Carroll is associate professor of US, American Indian, and Latin American history at Northern Virginia Community College, and a former Senior Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia. He has written six books and numerous articles that have appeared in news media and scholarly publications.