As the 29th president of the United States, Warren G. Harding signed the first child welfare program into law, supported the 8-hour day in response to striking railroad workers, and prepared the first federal budget. Still, most historians regard Harding’s presidency as a flop. Who was this early 20th century politician? These letters, representing a fourteen-year correspondence between Harding and his married lover, Carrie Fulton Phillips, shed new light on this question. Start with the excellent Overview, which explains the court order that kept these documents from public view for over fifty years. Then take a look at the Collection Items, where the letters have been individually scanned. Lastly, Articles and Essays contains timelines for Harding, Phillips, and their relationship.
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