My Fellow Citizens: The Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States 1789-2009

My Fellow Citizens: The Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States 1789-2009

by Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., Fred L. Israel
     
 

"After Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009, he delivered the 56th inaugural address in U.S. history. The tradition of giving inaugural speeches dates back more than two centuries, beginning with that of George Washington in 1789. Since then, every elected president has addressed the nation after taking the oath of office. By turns inspiring,

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"After Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009, he delivered the 56th inaugural address in U.S. history. The tradition of giving inaugural speeches dates back more than two centuries, beginning with that of George Washington in 1789. Since then, every elected president has addressed the nation after taking the oath of office. By turns inspiring, uplifting, and informative, inaugural addresses capture the spirit of the times and mood of the country every four years. Some rank among the landmark speeches in U.S. history, particularly the inaugural addresses of presidents Thomas Jefferson in 1801, Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, and John F. Kennedy in 1961." This volume includes the original text of all 56 inaugural speeches - including that of President Obama in 2009 - each with an explanatory essay. Highlighting key themes and issues, these 56 essays provide valuable historical context and enlightening background perspective essential to understanding each inaugural address.

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School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—An update to the 2007 edition, this collection of all 56 inaugural addresses contains each speech prefaced by a brief introductory essay that provides contextual information on the preceding election, contemporary political climate, and speech themes. The introductions also provide readers with information such as crowd responses, weather conditions, and interesting trivia such as which was the longest (William H. Harrison—8,466 words) and the shortest (Washington's second address—135 words). Whether one is looking for Jefferson's "We are all Republicans, We are all Federalists" or Kennedy's "Ask not what your country can do for you," this book allows one to experience the shifting contours of the American political climate. Because inaugural addresses are easily available online, one questions the necessity of purchasing such a volume. However, the high quality of the introductions and the convenience of having a print copy on hand make it a welcome addition for most libraries.—Brian Odom, Pelham Public Library, AL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816082537
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Pages:
442
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
14 Years

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