Today’s youth are wondering why America has a president—and it’s a good question! In fact, every generation since the American Founding has had to answer it.

At the dawn of the republic, Federalists favored the idea of a presidency, while Anti-Federalists expressed concern about tyranny of the executive. Those groups reached a compromise that satisfied both, but the debate over the scope and role of a changing presidency continues to this day.

Should twenty-first century presidents be “the most powerful person in the world?” How should the next generation hold the office accountable? Hear Heritage Visiting Scholar Dr. Allen Guelzo tackle these questions along with an expert panel, continuing the Founders’ healthy debate on the role and scope of the presidency.


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