Dig deeper into American history with the inaugural addresses of US presidents from George Washington to Barack Obama—the texts carefully designed to set the tone for each subsequent administration.
Compiling each of these historical documents, this volume presents a compelling picture of the goals outlined at the beginning of each presidency. Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States allows you to study a president’s initial objectives, rhetorical style, and values—as well as the challenges he faced. These critical pieces of presidential history not only provide a window into specific administrations, but also into the political, historical, and social climate of the United States throughout history. Each address includes a photo of the president and most offer a brief introduction with historical information, providing context for the speech.
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Note: Five of the 44 US presidents did not give inauguration speeches, but only took the Executive Oath of Office.
- Presents inaugural addresses of US presidents since George Washington
- Provides a unique window into the political, historical, and social climate of the United States throughout the years
- Includes a brief introduction with context for many of the inaugurations
Famous Quotations from Inaugural Addresses
. . . the preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the republican model of government, are justly considered deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.
—George Washington, 1789
We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all republicans, we are all federalists.
—Thomas Jefferson, 1801
With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.
—Abraham Lincoln, 1865
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
—Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933
The United States and other like-minded nations find themselves directly opposed by a regime with contrary aims and a totally different concept of life.
—Harry Truman, 1949
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shank from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
—John F. Kennedy, 1961