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Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

President Obama's State of the Union speech was "animated by the president’s faith in government’s ability to restore the American promise of fairness" says Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian  Doris Kearns Goodwin.

"In the last decades, however," Goodwin says, "the public has become increasingly disillusioned about the role of government."

Wednesday on Up to Date, Doris Kearns Goodwin tells us what candidates say about the role of government, and what history tells us about how presidential leadership changes based on a candidate's belief in government's place in society.

Doris Kearns Goodwin is author of Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln.  Goodwin will offer William Jewell College's Achievement Day address at a 7:30 p.m. dinner March 1 at Kansas City’s Westin Crown Center Hotel, 1 East Pershing Road., Kansas City, Mo.  Click here or call 816 415 7550 for more information.


Doris Kearns Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II, which was a bestseller in hardcover and trade paper. She is also the author of the bestsellers Wait Till Next Year, The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys, and Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. Ms. Goodwin lectures around the world, and is often called upon by the media to comment upon and analyze presidential issues. She lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her husband Richard Goodwin.


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