ABOUT THE 2009 INAUGURAL
Do Solemnly Swear" Presidential
Inaugurations from the American Memory Collection. A collection of
approximately four hundred items and two thousand digital files relating
to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's
inauguration of 2001. This presentation includes diaries and letters
of presidents and those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts
of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs,
prints, photographs,and sheet music.
Materials from the Library of Congress (part of the “I
Do Solemnly Swear..” collection-above). Eighteen presidents
are featured in this display—from George Washington to John
President Obama's Inaugural Address. xx
Lesson plan from PBS Newshour in which students study
campaign statements, as well as past Inaugural speeches.
Inauguration and the Constitution. In this lesson from
PBS Newshour Students will investigate how the Constitution outlines
the basis for the presidential inauguration.
C-Span: Learning About Inaugural Addresses.
This lesson examines the inaugural addresses of five presidents: George
Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy,
and George W. Bush.
News Activity. Students participate in an online scavenger
hunt using CNN videos and other news resources about moments in the
history of Inaugurals.
Inaugural Speeches from the Smithsonian Museum; students
examine Inaugural speeches for priorities and promises an then conduct
of the Presidents from George Washington to 2001 George Bush Inaugural:
The Avalon Project, Yale Law School.
Test your knowledge about past Presidential Inaugurations in this
activity from the National Archives.
Inaugurations in Times of Peril.
5 minute video from the New York Times includes original
footge from some of the best inaugural speeches; includes
statements by President-Elect Obama's on his own upcoming
the Transition from
the Constitutional Rights Foundation "More Perfect Union"
Newsletter. Activities include, "From Bush to Obama,
" "Inaugural Address Listening Guide," and
"Letters to the Next President."
and Firsts from the Joint Congressional Committee
on Inaugural Ceremonies, History of Inaugurals, 1779-2005,
including the video, "So Help Me God."
to the White House. For
younger students, a lesson from the Southern Poverty Law Center
"Teaching Tolerance" Project in which students study
the significance of Barak Obama's Presidency.
tradition of an Inaugural parade dates back to the very first
Inauguration, when George Washington took the oath of office
on April 30, 1789, in New York City.
Issues Bill of Rights in the News. Special edition
of the Bill of Rights Institute Newsletter focusing on constitutional
issues surrounding the Inauguration.
Inauguration Lessons developed
by NEA and AFT. Collection includes, "Two Presidents from Illinois,"
"Making History," and "Living History" to encourage students to
continue studying US government and the presidency after Inauguration
Intersection of Poetry and Politics," Dec. 24, 2008 New
York Times story about the fourth Inaugural Poet, Elizabeth
Robert Frost, 1961
Maya Angelou, 1993 Clinton Inaugural, "On
the Pulse of Morning"
Miller Williams, 1997 Clinton 2nd Inaugural, "Of
History and Hope"
Photos: Top right: Inauguration of President Lincoln, March 4, 1861.
Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. Benjamin Brown
French Album. Reproduction number: USZ62-48090 (b&w film copy
neg.). Left: Library of Congress. The Inauguration Procession in Honor
of President Buchanan Passing through Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington
City, March 4th, 1857.