First Hour Inaugural Address

What to Expect

The students were asked, as per the previous page, to research an Inaugural Address from any President. While researching their goal was to gain a better perspective of what the nation was experiencing at that time. For Instance, a student who chose Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural would learn that the nation he had inherited as President was just beginning to realize how bad things could possibly get as the Great Depression grew deeper and deeper. His address to the nation was one of hope and of perseverence when he said, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." This speech forces us to learn the circumstances surrounding it and allows us to draw inferences linking past to present. We might ask ourselves after researching past Inaugural Addresses, "What might we expect to hear January 20, 2009?"

For More on Franklin Roosevelt's Inaugural:

Mr. Bruce's Example

Washington's First Inaugural Address

Student Pages

Kelsey and Ali

John Q. Adams' Inaugural Address
Theodore Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
Theodore Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address

Alexa and Katelyn

Zachary Taylor's Inaugural Address

Kyler and Tyler

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inauguration

Allison and Cyndi

Rutherford B. Hayes' Inaugural Address

Alex and Devin

James Garfield's Inaugural Address

Gunnar and Brady

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

Cheyanne and Brittany

Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address

Kylie and Kelsee

George Bush's First Inaugural Address

Adam and Justin

George Bush's First Inaugural Address

Resources for Student Use

Adding Audio of the Address to Your Page
If you found an MP3 recording of your chosen Inaugural Address and you want to add that to your page, here's the place to look. There are a few ways to do this, but the neatest way is a short process. On this page, you can learn how by following the steps closely.

Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies
A must-see for all students. This site has tons of history and facts regarding all of the addresses. Very nice for research.

So Help Me God
This video was created for the Joint Congressional Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies. It documents the history of Inaugural Ceremonies from beginning to end. Please take a few to watch this video with your partner to gain some inspiration for your page.

Online Citation Builder
On the template you started your page with, there was a link to a different citation builder. If you thought that one was a bit complicated, try this one. It simplifies and streamlines the process. Remember, I ask for APA format.

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