Every four years, at noon on January 20th, the person elected to serve as President of the United States stands before the nation and takes an oath to “faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States…” As the nation prepares to inaugurate the 45th person to hold this high office, explore the Library’s inauguration presentation for teachers to learn more about this historic event.
The presentation includes discussions on the various traditions that are part of the inaugural celebration, information about select inaugural addresses, and the ways that this ceremony helps to transform a presidential candidate into the President of the United States. Learn about the various locations where inaugurations have taken place, themes found in inaugural addresses, and differences between speeches given at the start of the first term in office and the second term in office.
The presentation also includes links to the Library’s Web guide on inaugurations from Washington to Obama and to the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, the group that coordinates the inaugural festivities. In addition, readers will find thought-provoking questions that will encourage discussion on the importance of the inauguration, how the times influence each inauguration, what changes might take place in the future, and what might spur those changes.
As we embark on this new presidency, how will you and your students study the inauguration? Let us know in the comments.