Ten Years of Madness! (2008-2018)

Throughout the month of March, Mr. Altena’s U.S. History classes will be competing against each other in order to determine America’s greatest president. Each class will be assigned a regional, and groups of students will take a president as far as his legacy will allow. Along the way we’ll have fun, learn a great deal, and appreciate the uniqueness of the office of the presidency.


These presidents laid the foundation of a bold new experiment in governance that was being closely watched by both the citizens of the United States and the world. While Washington’s unanimous election sought to make a clear distinction between this new “democratic” office and that of a king, Jackson’s presidency tested and pushed against the constitutional limits of the role of the president.

Sometimes called the “forgettable” presidents, these men held the office during a time of growing social, economic, and technological change within the United States. While some of these men choose to assume something of a “caretaker” role while in office, others attempted to use the influence and power of the presidency to expand and preserve the union.

The presidents of the turn of the century to the Second World War were confronted with the twin challenges of defending democratic freedoms abroad (Guns) and providing for economic security at home (Butter). These presidents led the United States as this country debated its proper role on the international stage, and the degree to which the government had a duty to improve the lives of its citizens at home. These presidents saw the United States move from a position of isolation to one of involvement in foreign policy, and from laissez-faire to welfare on the domestic front.

The term Pax Americana means “American Peace” and refers to the period of time after World War Two that has been dominated by American political, economic and cultural power. If not entirely peaceful, this period of time has seen America take the lead in promoting democratic institutions during the Cold War through to the new challenges of Islamic radicalization and the ethnic balkanization of much of the world. These presidents have also been challenged by significant changes in the nation’s economy as the United States moved away from manufacturing towards a service economy.

Prez Madness-Info Sheet.pdf
Domestic Round Scorecard-1.pdf

Foreign Policy Results

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Foreign Policy Results


The inaugural competition. Ella decorated the original Madness banner.