Second Hour Inaugural Address Pages

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

Zackary and Geordan

madisons first inaugural address
Theodore Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
Theodore Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address


Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

Dana and Summer

Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address

Christina and Kaitlyn

Rutherford B. Hayes Inaugural Address

Will & Sam

Theodore Roosevelt's 2nd inaugural address

James and Randall

William Taft's Inaugural Address


Woodrow Wilson's First Inaugural Address

Nick and Seth

Calvin Coolidge's Inaugural Address

Alayna and Todd

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

Asia and Alexandria

John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address

Trent and Sarah

Richard M. Nixon's First Inaugural Address


George W. Bush's Second 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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