10 Presidential Decisions That Changed History (PHOTOS)

07/13/2010 07:24 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Beginning with George Washington, every American president has made decisions that re-stitched the fabric of our society and altered America's place in the world. Some of these decisions were merely expedient; others required the courage of conviction in the face of intense opposition. Some were motivated by political loyalties, but many were inspired by a vision of a more just society and a better world. The list that follows spotlights ten presidential decisions that helped define who we are and shaped how we live now.

From The Buck Stops Here: The 28 Toughest Presidential Decisions and How They Changed History, by Thomas J. Craughwell and Edwin Kiester Jr.

Presidential Decisions

Written with Edwin Kiester.