Presidential Inaugural Speeches 1969-2013

The Presidential Inaugural Speeches exhibit curated by M. Brielle Harbin features the inaugural speeches from President Richard Nixon to President Barack Obama. This exhibit provides an overview of the history and format of the presidential oath of office and inaugural address and details how presidential inaugural speeches have been used by presidents to articulate their understanding of the appropriate role of the highest office in resolving ongoing social problems. What are the points raised by each of these presidents? Where are the areas of commonality and divergence between these leaders? This exhibit helps viewers situate current political debates in an ongoing conversation between presidents about the proper role of government in the lives of citizens in the United States.

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