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Volume 21  Number 1  •  Summer 2016
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Reputation Overrides Record: How Warren G. Harding Mistakenly Became the “Worst” President of the United States
By Gary M. Pecquet, Clifford F. Thies
This article appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of The Independent Review

Historians assessing the Harding presidency have focused on its scandals to the neglect of its progress on civil liberties and restoration of economic “normalcy,” undoing major intrusions enacted during the Wilson administration. President Harding’s tarnished reputation merits reconsideration in light of his release of political prisoners, restoration of free speech, and prosperity-promoting economic policies.

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