Jan 16, 2013

Presidential Inauguration 2013 - Free C-SPAN Classroom Resources

Presidential Inauguration 2013

This Sunday, President Obama will officially be sworn into office in a private ceremony at the White House for a second term. With January 20 falling on a Sunday, the President will also be sworn in during a public inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday. This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated Inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday. The last time was for President Ronald Reagan’s second Inauguration in 1985.  
Our coverage of this 57th Presidential Inauguration begins Sunday, January 20 at 10:30am ET on C-SPAN. Events will include:
  • A look back at the President’s 2009 Inaugural Address.
  • Later, a discussion with former presidential speechwriters about this year’s address and how past inaugural addresses have been crafted. Guests will include Terry Edmonds, former director of speechwriting for President Clinton & John McConnell, former speechwriter for G.W. Bush.
  • Then, live coverage of the President’s official swearing in by Chief Justice John Roberts.
On Monday, January 21, Barack Obama will be sworn-in publicly for a second term as the nation’s 44th President.  Live coverage begins at 7:00am ET on C-SPAN. Events will include:
  • Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the inaugural ceremony from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol at 11:30am ET. Includes the swearing-in of Vice President Biden by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then President Obama by Chief Justice John Roberts at noon, followed by the President’s address.
  • Later, the Inaugural Luncheon from inside Statuary Hall at the Capitol.
  • And, the Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. 
Viewers can also join in the conversation by phone and on Facebook at facebook.com/cspan as well as on Twitter at #inaug2013.
Resources for Teachers and Students:
Additional Historical Inauguration Programming will air this weekend on C-SPAN3
The History of Presidential Inaugurations
Historians Peter Onuf, Ed Ayers, and Brian Balogh each specialize in a different period of American history, and host a weekly radio show called “BackStory with the American History Guys.”  In this program LIVE from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, they’ll explore the traditions of presidential inaugurations, as well as the social and political forces at work around them.
Saturday, January 19 - LIVE at 11:00am ET (Re-air at 8:00pm ET) on C-SPAN3
American Artifacts: National Building Museum & Inaugural Balls
The first Inaugural Ball held in the National Building Museum was Grover Cleveland’s in 1885, when it was known as the Pension Building and was still under construction. Composed of over 15 million red bricks, the Pension Building contains a Great Hall that’s 316 feet long and 159 feet high. American History TV toured the building to learn about the Inaugural Balls of several presidents, including William McKinley, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.
Saturday, January 19 - 9:00pm ET on C-SPAN3  
Presidential Inaugurations from the C-SPAN Archive
To coincide with the second inauguration of President Obama, American History TV airs presidential inaugurations from our archive. We’ll begin with Franklin D. Roosevelt’s in 1933, and end with President Obama’s first inaugural in 2009.
Sunday, January 20 - 1:00pm ET (Re-air at 7:00pm ET) on C-SPAN3
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