When it comes to misbehavior in the White House, Bill Clinton wasn’t the first, nor was he the worst. Indeed, there is a long history of scandalous affairs as well as loving marriages, both of which provide us with valuable (and fun) insights into the character of our commanders-in-chief. This class examines the intimate details of love affairs and sexual scandals in the White House. We will read love letters from history, see pictures and portraits of mistresses, and learn the untold stories of the private lives of presidents.
Founding “Fathers” — From illegitimate children to sex with slaves, the early presidents were not always reading Locke or framing a nation.
19th Century Flings — The affairs and love lives of Buchanan, Lincoln, Garfield, and Cleveland are revealed.
20th Century Flings — The affairs and love lives of Wilson, Harding, FDR, Eleanor, and Ike are revealed.
The Dog House — Recent scandals as well as questions about character and the impact of affairs are explored.