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Inauguration Speech of Thomas Jefferson 4 March, 1801 Friends and Fellow-Citizens: CALLED upon to undertake the duties of the first executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow-citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have been pleased to look toward me, to declare a sincere consciousness that the task is above my talents, and that I approach it with those anxious and awful presentiments which the greatness of the charge and the weakness of my powers so justly inspire.
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06 November 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – What has emerged is that there are instances where he has quoted effusively or excessively from prior written works. He’s done so in his speeches and he’s done so in his written works. Quoting from prior written works is fine. I do it all the time. You have to go through the process of footnoting or denoting sources. It’s almost impossible to do this in a speech, unless you’re going to publish the written version of the speech. Even there the footnotes that should have appeared are not appearing. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
20 March 2013
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – My interest is always piqued with people’s fascination with Henry. Their fascination with him just comes from one speech, the “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. The “Give me liberty or give me death” speech is a great speech, but there’s no transcript of this. No one ever wrote this thing down. He spoke, in what we would call today, extemporaneously. He didn’t have any notes. He didn’t have a script. He just stood up and started yammering. Check out today’s transcript for the rest…
22 January 2013
Mandeville, LA - Exclusive Video and Audio - Things were a little different when Thomas Jefferson became president of the United States... there was no motorcade with limos, no 10-inch thick bulletproof glass, no Beyoncé singing the national anthem, not even any microphones. But what TJ's inauguration did have was the spirit of Independence and Liberty. Jefferson walked right up to the Capitol building dressed as "a plain citizen without any distinctive badge of office" and delivered his 1721 word speech to the Senate Chamber despite being a poor public speaker. It was also important because Jefferson felt he had to undo some of the harm he felt the Washington and Adams administration had done by over-reaching their power as President. Learn more about Jefferson's inauguration in today's Founders TV, if you don't have a Founders Pass, sign up for one right here!