Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?

History professor Marsha Barrett specializes in modern U.S. political history and African-American history, and teaches courses on the American political divide and on the presidency. She’s completing a book on New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and the decline of moderation in U.S. politics. Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

To reach Marsha Barrett, call 217-300-6679; email meb@illinois.edu; Twitter @MarshaEBarrett

Source: Illinois News Bureau

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Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?
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Illinois presidents: What made them agents of change?
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The state of Illinois celebrates its bicentennial this month and its motto “Land of Lincoln” tells you all you need to know about the state’s greatest source of pride: the 16th president. But four men with Illinois connections have been president. And U. of I. history professor Marsha Barrett makes the case that all of them – Lincoln, Grant, Reagan and Obama – changed the nation in some way. She spoke with News Bureau social sciences editor Craig Chamberlain.