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Coolidge historian Shlaes to speak Oct. 2 at Coolidge home

Bestselling author Amity Shlaes will be the keynote speaker at the Ethan Allen Institute Jefferson Day Dinner Oct. 2 at the President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth.

Tickets are $50 (all proceeds to the Coolidge Foundation) and include access to the EAI pre-presentation party and buffet from 5-6 pm and Amity Shlaes’ talk on “Jefferson and Coolidge” from 6-7 pm.

Shlaes authored Coolidge, regarded by critics as “a brilliant and provocative reexamination of America’s thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership.”

Shlaes traces Coolidge’s improbable rise from a tiny town in New England, to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College, and up through Massachusetts politics.

After a post WWI divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: he left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited.

Schlaes describes a man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern — an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer.

Video footage of the Coolidge family at the White House – credit Coolidgefoundation.org

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