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Primary Election Political Parties Election Day Voting Election of the President Candidates National Conventions National Conventions - An Inside View Candidates at the Convention The Campaign Polling Places The Electoral College The Electoral Map The Inauguration

The Inauguration

Andrew Jackson: King Mob or Champion of American Democracy?
Lesson Plan and Activities - Explore the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1828 and identify the ways Jackson's election signaled important changes in the American political landscape.

George Washington: The President Without Precedent
Lesson Plan and Activities - Through Washington's inaugural speeches and other online source material, identify important national precedents he set and learn about life in the new republic.

I Do Solemnly Swear: Presidential Inaugurations
Lesson Plan - Summarize the Constitutional requirements for inaugurations and the oath of office, Identify at least three historical examples of inaugural exceptions or precedents, list other activities that occur at inaugurations,describe the purpose of an inauguration, and state an opinion about what they believe should happen at an inauguration.

The Inauguration and the Constitution
Lesson Plans and Activities - Investigate constitutional guidelines for presidential inaugurations, and explore how the inaugural ceremony incorporates the three branches of the federal government.

The Inauguration and the Media
Lesson Plan and Activities - Compare how different news sources cover the 2001 inauguration, write editorials, and look at international coverage of the U.S. presidency.

Inauguration Day
Activities for Grades K - 5

Inauguration Trivia
January 20, 2009 was Inauguration Day for President Barack Obama!  See how much your students know about past inaugurations.  Quiz their noodles!

Inauguration 2001
Interactive quiz

The Inaugural Speech: Setting the Tone for the Administration of a President

Lesson Plan and Activities - Read the inaugural speeches of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and compare historical context, presidential priorities, and bipartisan messages.

Presidents at Inauguration Graph: How Old Were They?
Lesson Plan - Use online or library resources to find or calculate each president's age at inauguration. Graph the ages of the presidents to create a visual device for seeing who was the youngest and oldest president, what the average age was at inauguration, and so on.

Presidential Inauguration
Solve the interactive crossword puzzle.

Presidential Inauguration Quiz
Test your knowledge about past presidential inaugurations in this activity.

Thomas Jefferson: The Revolution of 1800

Lesson Plan and Activities - Examine how Jefferson's inauguration in 1800 tested constitutional rules for electing a president and embodied partisan politics; investigate how the election 200 years later raised similar concerns about the electoral process.

Return to Tour

Originally, Inauguration Day was held on March 4, giving the next administration enough time to get up and running. But in 1933, with the country facing a huge economic crisis, the four months in between Election Day and Inauguration Day seemed too long. The 20th Amendment was ratified on January 23, 1933, fixing Inauguration Day as January 20.

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