Presidential Bios

George Washington, 1789-1797

washingtonWashington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Related Reading:
The Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution by Richard Beeman (ed.)
Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

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John Adams, 1797-1801

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John Adams by David McCullough

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Thomas Jefferson, 1801-1809


James Madison, 1809-1817


James Monroe, 1817-1825


John Quincy Adams, 1825-1829


Andrew Jackson, 1829-1837


Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841


William Henry Harrison, 1841-1841


John Tyler, 1841-1845


James K. Polk, 1845-1849


Zachary Taylor, 1849-1850


Millard Fillmore, 1850-1853

Related Reading:
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe


Franklin Pierce, 1853-1857


James Buchanan, 1857-1861


Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865


Andrew Johnson, 1865-1869


Ulysses S. Grant, 1869-1877


Rutherford B. Hayes, 1877-1881


James A. Garfield, 1881-1881


Chester A. Arthur, 1881-1885


Grover Cleveland, 1885-1889 & 1893-1897


Benjamin Harrison, 1889-1893


William McKinley, 1897-1901


Theodore Roosevelt, 1901-1909

Related Reading:
The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington


William Howard Taft, 1909-1913


Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921


Warren G. Harding, 1921-1923


Calvin Coolidge, 1923-1929


Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933


Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945

Related Reading:
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson


Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953

Related Reading:
Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm


Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953-1961


John F. Kennedy, 1961-1963

Related Reading:
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
March: Book Two by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
The Autobiography of Malcolm X  by Malcolm X, as told to Alex Haley


Lyndon B. Johnson, 1963-1969


Richard Nixon, 1969-1974


Gerald Ford, 1974-1977


Jimmy Carter, 1977-1981


Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989


George H. W. Bush, 1989-1993


Bill Clinton, 1993-2001


George W. Bush, 2001-2009


Barack Obama, 2009-2017

Related Reading:
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


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Related Reading:
We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
Nasty Women by Laura Jones & Heather McDaid, eds.

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