DATE:  July 8, 2019

TIME:  8:30 am to 1:00 pm



AUDIENCE:   History

PRESENTER:   Bill Hagy

DESCRIPTION:    The Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified in the aftermath of the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  In the Cold War context, the need for a clear line of succession to the Presidency was paramount.  This Amendment clarified an issue that had been debated since 1841 and John Tyler.  An examination of this Amendment and its background will introduce topics for classroom discussion.  In addition, the issue of Presidential health and competency will be examined through the lens of several 20th Century presidents whose health was possibly compromised during their terms in office:  Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan.  Ultimately, the Twenty-Fifth Amendment and its overall significance of US History will be addressed along with suggestions for the teaching of this Amendment in the classroom setting.