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Speaking of Coolidge after his death, Governor Al Smith said (page 455-456) that his “greatest feat had been to restore the dignity and prestige of the presidency when it had reached the lowest ebb in our history…. Coolidge was in the class of presidents who were distinguished for character more than for heroic achievements.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Why? Using specific examples from the book, what are some examples from the Coolidge presidency that you believe modern American presidents could benefit from utilizing? What are some things they should avoid? Overall, in your opinion, how would you rate the presidency of Calvin Coolidge among other 20th (and 21st) century presidents? (Good, bad, neither?) Why?
Write an essay on the above questions. The essay must have an introduction, thesis statement, and a conclusion that uses analysis and critical thinking to the support it. Using specific examples from the book to support your ideas will add to your essay.