Tyrannophobia: The Uses & Abuses Of Executive Power

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From BackStory With The American History Guys

In this public radio program (1:01:07), U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh “…ask how perceptions of authoritarianism in the United States have changed over time, starting with the earliest colonial revolts of the 1700s against strong-arm agents of the British crown. Are wars a slippery-slope to unchecked presidential powers? Why does Congress complain about executive orders, while passing laws that grant the president so much power?”

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