The Drama of Presidential Inaugurations and Inaugural Addresses from Washington through to Biden

Every four years, and on the death of presidents, individuals take the oath of office prescribed in the US Constitution. Formal inaugurations are accompanied by pomp that originated in ancient coronation ceremonies in a celebration that thousands of people attend in person and millions follow through electronic media. After describing what such occasions from the inauguration of President George Washington through to that of Joe Biden have in common and how they have changed, this book provides a chronologically arranged summary of each such inaugural ceremony and accompanying events, as well as an analysis of each speech. Although many are largely forgotten, several such orations, including those by Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan, are rhetorical masterpieces. All addresses provide snapshots of American ideals that will interest citizens, historians, and political scientists, and be of service to reference librarians.

Dr John R. Vile is a Professor of Political Science and Dean of the University Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. A specialist in US constitutional law, he has written and edited numerous books, including volumes on the US Constitution, the constitutional amending process, the First Amendment, the US Constitutional Convention of 1787, Supreme Court decisions, historic US documents, religion in public life, and iconic American symbols. Vile, who served for 25 years as a mock trial coach, has previously compiled a book of US presidential victory and concession speeches. He received the MTSU Career Achievement Award for 2010-2011 and the statewide Harold Love Award for Public Service for 2017-2018, and was named as the Phi Kappa Phi Scholar for 2020-2022. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, reviews, and book chapters, he has published a variety of op-ed pieces on contemporary issues and is frequently consulted by media outlets.

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ISBN: 1-5275-9142-5

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-9142-4

Release Date: 11th January 2023

Pages: 395

Price: £69.99