The "History and Function" series exams how politics and honor have co-existed to strengthen our government. Over time and across years, changes in the spirit and practice of government offices have moved from development and cohesion to enlightenment and understanding. The preservation of balances has long been pursued in the course of evolving offices. They have been called peacemakers, negotiators, and warmongers. In the United States government, the Secretary of State is the most important position in the President's Cabinet. Six Secretaries of State have become President, and the State Department is the oldest and most prolific branch of the government tree. What makes the Secretary of State such a vital role in world politics? Explore the people who have shaped the United States of America from a colony to a world superpower through diplomacy, negotiation, and conflict. Grade Level: 6 - 12. 30 minutes.
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