Whether spoken by Abraham Lincoln in 1865, Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1933, or John F. Kennedy in 1961, some of the most memorable and profound words in American history have been uttered by presidents in their inaugural addresses. My Fellow Citizens , destined to become a reference classic, presents vital moments in our nation's past by compiling every inaugural address given by each U.S. president after being sworn into office. The text, which captures the spirit and political climate of the times when each speech was delivered, begins with the first address from George Washington in 1789 and concludes with the last address from George W. Bush in 2005. Each address is introduced with expert and enlightening commentary, highlighting the speech's major points and placing it in historical context. This intriguing volume is a must for every history buff.
The late Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. was the Albert Schweitzer Professor of Humanities at the City University of New York. He was also a winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and for Biography. Fred L. Israel is Professor Emeritus of American History at the City University of New York.