Behind Inaugural Speeches, Meaningful Words

What words do presidents focus on most in their inaugural addresses? Explore speeches, from Washington to Obama

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Third Inaugural Address

With Europe and Asia already engulfed in war, Roosevelt’s Third Inaugural warned Americans about the “peril of inaction.” He spoke in broad terms about nations and spirit, and perceptively compared the threats confronting the United States to those facing Washington and Lincoln in generations past. “Democracy is not dying,” he declared. “We know it because we have seen it revive—and grow.”

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