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Barack Obama | 60-Second Presidents

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Barack Obama was the first black president to ever be elected into office. Though he came in with two foreign wars and a housing crisis on his plate, check out what he did to define how Americans live today.

Abraham Lincoln | 60-Second Presidents

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Abraham Lincoln pulled the nation out of the Civil War by taking matters into his own hands. Learn about some of his greatest moments, from the Gettysburg Address to the Emancipation Proclamation. Honest Abe is honestly one of the nation's greatest leaders.

Andrew Johnson | 60-Second Presidents

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Andrew Johnson spent much of his presidency in a power struggle with Congress. Trace his years in office, and see how he dealt with the nation's Reconstruction.

Benjamin Harrison | 60-Second Presidents

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Following in his grandfather's footsteps, Benjamin Harrison became president, but for much longer than 32 days. Find out about his successful international policies, and economy-damaging domestic policies.

William McKinley | 60-Second Presidents

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William McKinley played a major role in building the U.S. into a global superpower. Let's review how he did it, from the Spanish American War to the annexation of Hawaii.

William Howard Taft | 60-Second Presidents

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William Howard Taft started and ended his career in the judicial system. Find out how his background in law affected his policies and turned Progressives against him.

Woodrow Wilson | 60-Second Presidents

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Woodrow Wilson was a progressive-minded president. Learn about his domestic policies during his first term and his reaction to WWI during his second.

Ronald Reagan | 60-Second Presidents

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Ronald Reagan's magnetic personality made him immensely likeable as a public persona, which he used as a way to inspire the nation to rally against the Soviet Union. Let's take a look at how else he wielded that power domestically!

Dwight D. Eisenhower | 60-Second Presidents

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"I Like Ike" was the rallying cry for those who supported Dwight D. Eisenhower. And looking at his presidential accomplishments, it isn't hard to see why. Check out the video to see if you like Ike too!

James Polk | 60-Second Presidents

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James Polk accomplished a lot more in one term than many presidents accomplish in two. Find out how he delivered on his promise of westward expansion.

John Tyler | 60-Second Presidents

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When President Harrison passed away, John Tyler found himself in the Presidency. See how he made the most of his promotion, from his annexation of Texas to his veto of the national bank.

John Adams | 60-Second Presidents

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John Adams had his hands full when he took over the presidency from George Washington. Find out how he dealt with the feuding political parties and attacks on U.S. merchants from France and Britain. Being the leader of a young nation isn?t as easy as you might think.

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Zachary Taylor | 60-Second Presidents

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The sentiment that war heroes make great presidents gained Zachary Taylor enough favor to land him in office. But Old Rough n' Ready was a bit of a political wild card, having no previous political history. Find out how that turned out.

Harry S. Truman | 60-Second Presidents

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Harry S. Truman ended wars and started them. At the time he left office he was widely disliked, but check out this video to see why he's remembered as one of the most important presidents.

Gerald Ford | 60-Second Presidents

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Gerald Ford's presidency was marked more by the actions of Johnson and Nixon. Check out how he handled matters at home and how the media painted him in light of his actions.

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