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….Continue
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….Continue
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….Continue
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