Four More Years: Presidential Inaugurations
Why was Washington’s voice trembling when he took the Oath of Office? Why did Lincoln’s contemporaries greet his now-famous second inaugural… with a shrug? What incoming president in the 1870s feared the specter of a rival inauguration by armed opponents? And in the larger scheme of things, why do inaugurations really matter, anyway?
- Joanne Freeman, Yale University, on the incredibly high stakes of the nation’s first U.S. presidential inauguration.
- Tim McBride, former personal aide to George H.W. Bush, on how to project the right inaugural image.
- William J. Cooper, Louisiana State University, on the three inaugurations of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
- George Rable, University of Alabama, on Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, an extraordinary speech that garnered a collective shrug in its own time.
- Greg Downs, City College of New York, on the specter of a two dueling inaugurations after the hotly disputed election of 1876.
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