For our first 150 years, US citizens commemorated presidents in several ways, from modest birthplaces to national monuments. Since 1941, presidents commemorate themselves, building ever-larger library-museums celebrating (and often rewriting) their histories. Anthony Clark explores how our nation’s chief executives wage this intriguing “last campaign” to shape their own legacies.
Anthony Clark is a former speechwriter and senior Congressional staffer. In the 111th Congress, he directed hearings and investigations of the National Archives and presidential libraries for the U.S. House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform. He writes about presidential legacy and Congress and has had bylines at Salon, Politico, Time, and History News Network, and appears regularly in the media to discuss these subjects. His book on the politics and history of presidential libraries, The Last Campaign: How Presidents Rewrite History, Run for Posterity & Enshrine Their Legacies, was published in 2015. A native of Long Island, New York, Anthony now lives in rural Southern Maryland, where he enjoys the outdoors but misses bagels and pizza.