A study of Dwight D. Eisenhower's concept of the president's role in domestic affairs



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Purpose: It was the purpose of this study to consider the domestic policies of the Eisenhower Administration, seeking particularly to point out those factors and instances which illustrate the change in Eisenhower’s concept of the presidency from a diffused, subordinated position to that of a strong and forceful Chief Executive. Methods: This study was compiled from the material in books, governments, newspapers, and periodicals to be found in the Estill Library at Sam Houston State Teachers College. Findings: From the evidence presented in this study the following conclusions appear to be in order: 1. The administrative ability that Eisenhower was expected to display in directing the affairs of the Republican party and the nation was not forthcoming during the first six years of his presidency. 2. Early in his presidency Eisenhower showed reluctance to meet problems squarely and evidenced a lack of adherence to traditional Republican standards. 3. From 1957 to mid 1958, Eisenhower at times exercised purposeful leadership but often reverted to the passivity which characterized the earlier years of his presidency. 4. When Eisenhower lost his side Sherman Adams, on whom he had depended to direct the domestic affairs of the nation. A marked change occurred in both his attitude and activity as presidency. 5. From mid 1958 to the end of the presidency Eisenhower became an increasingly strong and forceful Chief Executive, effectivity utilizing the political weapons available to him as President.



Eisenhower Aministration, Sherman Adams, Domestic policies, strong chief executive