"Presidential Inaugurations"

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Whether simple and unassuming, stately like George Washington's first inauguration, or the carefully choreographed fanfare of modern ceremonies, this occasion endures as a symbol of American democracy and represents the peaceful transfer of the power. A presidential inauguration is not found in the Constitution, but the ceremony held for more than 200 years marks the official beginning of a new or continuing presidency.

A Brief History of Presidential Inaugurations

An online presentation tracing the rich history of one of America's most celebrated and proud traditions.

From White House History  ›  

»  White House History  ›  Presidential Inaugurations  [e-Publication]

»  "Not a Ragged Mob," The Inauguration of 1829  [PDF]

»  The Building of the Inaugural Reviewing Stands  [PDF]

Presidential Inauguration  ›  Backgrounders

»  Presidential Inaugurations  ›  A brief summary of the inauguration tradition

»  Traditions and Transitions  ›  The transfer of power behind-the-scenes

Classroom Lessons  ›  

»  "The Revolution of 1801," Thomas Jefferson's First Inaugural Address: March 4, 1801

»  "The Inauguration of Thomas Jefferson," First Political Party Transition

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