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Inauguration Facts, Fiction and Cool Trivia

No matter who won the election, it’s impossible to miss the hoopla and excitement of Inauguration Day.

Check out our suggestions for interesting things to read, watch and listen to on the history of the inauguration and our presidents. And if you’re looking for kid-friendly ways to talk about the executive office and Presidential Inaugurations, check out these Websites for Kids.


The Avenger Takes His Place: Andrew Johnson and the 45 Days that Changed the Nation
by Howard Means

Covers the 45 days from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln to the inauguration of Johnson and the birth of Reconstruction.



The City of New York in the Year of Washington’s Inauguration, 1789
by Thomas E.V. Smith. Introduction by Joseph Veach Noble

Gives a summary of the life in New York City in the important year of 1789. Also available as an eBook from the Library of Congress.




Life in the White House: A Social History of the First Family and the President’s House
eBook, edited by Robert P. Watson

Contains an entertaining social history of the first family and how each family managed to preserve the history of the house while also making the house a home fit for their families.




A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama
DVD [2009]

This disc from ABC News includes the pre-inaugural events and the entirety of the speeches on Inauguration day in January of 2009.



On the Pulse of Morning
by Maya Angelou

The inaugural poem read by Maya Angelou at the inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton in 1993.


Selecting a President
by Eleanor Clift and Matthew Spieler

Easily explains the electoral process and its evolution from the eighteenth century into the twenty-first.




The Speeches Collection: Volume I
DVD [2002]

Contains a selection of speeches of John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, including inaugural addresses.



Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics : JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan
by Jeff Greenfield

Speculation on what might have happened had a proposed assassination attempt on John F. Kennedy taken place in 1960.



The West Wing: The Complete First Season
DVD [2003]

Season One of this popular political show from Aaron Sorkin which chronicles the cabinet and family life of fictional president Josiah Bartlett.



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