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Dr. Pederson Contributor to new Reference Book on the Presidency and the Constitution

September 07, 2016

In time for Constitution Day on September 17th honoring the world's oldest written constitution, New York University Press has released The Presidents and the Constitution: A Living History. Each American president receives a chapter on how he used the Constitution in carrying out his office. National Public Radio correspondent Nina Totenberg refers to the new book as "Everything you ever wanted to know about the Supreme Court and the presidency."

The scholarly work has received positive attention and great review, e.g., from the Library Journal and the San Francisco Book Review. In addition, the book is also out in audio form and has been chosen as the alternate pick for the History Book of the Month Club.
The 700 page volume is edited by Ken Gormley, the former dean and professor law at Duquesne University Law School. Dr. Pederson is the volume's only author of two chapters (on Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt) among the 44 written by some of the nation's leading experts.

Dr. Pederson said that his interest in the U.S. Constitution grew out of his membership on the Shreveport Mayor's Committee on the Bicentennial Commission of the Constitution (1987-1991). It led to LSU Shrevport's starting of what has grown into the oldest presidential conference series in the South.

Pederson came to LSUS in 1981. He is a professor of political science, the American Studies Endowed Chair, and director of the International Lincoln Center. He has authored/edited 30 books on American presidents, the Supreme Court, and the Congress.

 
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