Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, during his second inauguration as president of the United States. At a time when victory over the secessionists in the American Civil War was within days and slavery was near an end, Lincoln spoke of sadness. A mere 703 words, Lincoln's speech did not offer the North a victory speech, nor did he excoriate the South for the sin of slavery. Instead, he called on the entire country's guilt for the bloody war and argued for reconciliation and unity.
Lincoln's first Inaugural Address was delivered on March 4th, 1861, as the North and South were sliding toward separation and Civil War. In it, Lincoln warns the nation of the consequences of the secession of the Southern States and, in an effort to avert secession, claims that his administration plans no changes regarding slavery. His second Inaugural Address, given just weeks before his assassination, was also delivered on March 4 but four years later, in 1865.
The inaugural addresses of Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy & Nixon.
After being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on January 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
When Abraham Lincoln decisively won reelection in 1864, he began working speedily toward finishing the war and figuring out its aftermath. With this clear mandate for governing, the Republicans in the House, with Lincoln's support, approved of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which banned slavery in all territories and states. In addition to the 13th Amendment, the future 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution were being discussed to protect minorities as well.
President Ronald Reagan, one of the most effective public speakers in presidential history, was known as "The Great Communicator". This is his first inaugural address on January 20, 1981.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, commonly known as FDR, served as the 32nd president of the United States. He was a compelling orator who inspired millions with his "fireside" radio speeches during the Great Depression of the 1930s and his wartime addresses to the nation in the 1940s.
President Ronald Reagan, one of the most effective public speakers in presidential history, was known as "The Great Communicator". This is his second inaugural address on January 21, 1985.
Harrison's Inaugural address was also his last, coming just weeks before he succumbed to pneumonia. In it he memorializes America's special place in the world while describing how its management by Congress and the government can solve existing problems.
Just after noon on Friday, the real-estate mogul and reality TV star will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president amid fiercer controversy and bigger protests than any incoming commander in chief in modern times. Even during economic depression and world war, civil rights struggles and Vietnam protests, presidential transitions typically have been marked by a sense of national unity and goodwill, even if it doesn't last long.
"Analysis: The Task and the Test for Trump's Inaugural Address" is from the January 19, 2017 News section of USA Today. It was written by Susan Page and narrated by Paige McKinney.
Donald Trump is a different kind of president-elect, but his very first words as president — his inaugural address — will likely echo a theme used by many predecessors.
"Trump's Aim in His Inaugural Address: National Unity" is from the January 17, 2017 News section of USA Today. It was written by David Jackson and narrated by Mark Ashby.
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