Affairs of State and the Presidency

Truman Library Teachers Conference

July 11, 2023

American has engaged in the delicate art of diplomacy for over two hundred and fifty years—from the work of “father of the foreign service” Benjamin Franklin in the 1760s, to the essential diplomatic business of today (conducted in the State Department building named in honor of President Harry S Truman). Explore the history of republican diplomacy in the United States and the role of the president, with a special nod to the diplomatic stage set by Anderson House—headquarters of the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati—during the Truman administration.

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Link to Affairs of State and the Art of Diplomacy Lesson Plan
Link to Affairs of State: 118 Years of Diplomacy and Entertaining at Anderson House Exhibition