December 6, 2007

Presidential Courage

George Washington's decision to support a treaty with Great Britain saved a young nation. Defying overwhelming public criticism, he decided to negotiate rather than fight. He worried that his choice would forever ruin his place in history. But his fears were unfounded.

Historian Michael Beschloss joins Joan Cartan-Hansen for a discussion about the most courageous acts in Presidential history. Beschloss is an historical commentator for ABC and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. He is the author of several books, including his latest, Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989.

Beschloss was in Idaho to speak at the Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner.