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"See" & Read Inaugural Words from Washington to Obama
Choose a president on the President's Timeline tool & "see" the most used words from his Inaugural Address. You can see all the U.S. Presidents' speeches on the New York Times interactive site called Inaugural Words.
From Washington's 135 words in 1793 (shortest) to Harrison's 8,445 words on March 4,1841 (longest), you select a president's image and see:
• photo & date on the left, a brief summary & focus of the speech, a link to the full address
• graphic cloud on the right, of the most-used words (examples below)
• mouse-over a word to see how many times it was used
• click on a word to see when and how was used in all the sentences, and
• in the same window of words used-in-context, scroll & see how other presidents used the word,
• top of the same window, a small bar chart shows which presidents also used the word & how many times.
Find memorable phrases like "with malice toward none...." (Lincoln, near the end of the Civil War), "the only thing we have to fear..." (FDR, in the grip of the Depression), "Ask not what your country can do for you..." (JFK, 1961), and more. Enjoy Inaugural Words, where you can quickly analyze word usage—and see presidential inaugural addresses in a new way!
Posted by Karen Oye on February 8, 2009 12:01 AM