For more than 40 years the Historic Documents series has made primary source research easy by presenting full primary documents and excerpts from documents on the important events of each year for the United States and the world. Each volume includes approximately 70 events with well over 100 documents from the previous year, from official or other influential reports and surveys, to speeches from leaders and opinion makers, to court cases, legislation, testimony, and much more.

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President Obama Delivers Second Inaugural Address: January 21, 2013

President Obama Delivers Second Inaugural Address: January 21, 2013

President obama delivers second inaugural address: January 21, 2013

Although he had officially been sworn into office one day earlier, President Barack Obama addressed a crowd of approximately one million to deliver his inaugural address on January 21, 2013. The address was themed “Faith in America's Future,” and Obama described his ambitions for a second term. The eighteen-minute speech contained few specific proposals but laid out a broad liberal agenda, which drew ire from the right. In a clear message to a Congress that had been gridlocked on many issues the previous year, the president called on Democrats and Republicans to work together at this key moment in history to move the nation forward. “Being true to ...

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