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American democracy has always been a leap of faith: Atlanta History Center explores its roots

American Democracy: Leap of Faith Poster at The Atlanta History Center. Photo by Tammy Joyner

For a brief chaotic time in the weeks between 1946 and 1947, Georgia had three governors–a political crisis caused by governor-elect Eugene Talmadge’s death before taking office that was unaddressed by the state constitution.

And while drafting the documents that would shape the U.S. Constitution and guide American democratic principles, our nation’s 18th-century founders briefly considered whether to make the presidency a lifelong job.

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