Through times of war and times of peace, times of prosperity and times of scarcity, through hours dark and bright, the continuation of the American government through legal, Constitutionally guaranteed means has never faltered. There can be no better representation of that marvel, unequalled in world history, than the inaugural addresses of incoming Presidents. This collection of the first speeches of each of the nation's new leaders, plus the subsequent inaugural words of reelected Presidents-Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave a record four inaugural addresses-gathers in one important volume the thoughts of every leader from George Washington to George Bush (41) as they entered office. Their words set the tenor for their administrations, and this firsthand document of American history is vital for understanding their work in the White House, and the legacy they left for the future ahead of them.
Many of the U.S. presidents' inaugural addresses have provided windows into the presidency and the state of the nation. The voices of sixteen presidents are preserved in this collection of great inaugural addresses — from George Washington's somber comments in 1789 and Abraham Lincoln's noteworthy addresses attempting to bind the nation together, to John F. Kennedy's stirring "Ask not what your country can do for you" and Ronald Reagan's 1981 speech stating his political mission. Compelling, powerful and often inspiring, these seminal remarks also include the words of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Richard Nixon. Ideal for political studies, this valuable reference will appeal to everyone interested in American history.
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