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[Detail] Major-General Zachary Taylor--President of the United States. 1848.

Historical Comprehension

Hoover addressing Congress

President Hoover addresses joint session of Congress at ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of George Washington. [Feb. 22, 1932]

a) There are images of presidential inaugurations in the collection. Most inaugurations take place in Washington, DC, on very festive occasions. A few have taken place in much sadder situations upon the death of a president. In the Feature Presentation: Inaugurations in American Memory, students will find supporting information about inaugurations as documented throughout American Memory collections. Students can use this collection, the feature presentation, and other sources to report on inaugurations. Students might research the text of the oath of office and how it is administered to the president.

b) Students can study moments and people our country considers important by viewing images of presidents signing important documents and participating in events commemorated by the nation.

Search on anniversary, battles, campaigns, centennial celebrations, international relations, and political posters for images of important events. For example, this image shows President Herbert Hoover commemorating the 200th anniversary of George Washington's birth.

Search on Emancipation Proclamation to see an image of the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation.