President Eisenhower 1953 Inaugural Address

President Dwight D. Eisenhower was a principled man who valued common sense, decency, and national security, and who made these values the cornerstones of his eight years in office. Middle and high schoolers watch as the 33rd president addresses the nation on his first day of his first term.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Pair the video with a lesson on historic speeches or presidential elections
  • Host a discussion about President Eisenhower's views of science and faith; have learners put his words in context with the scientific breakthroughs and historical events of the time
Classroom Considerations

  • Comprised of news footage, portraits and stills, and audio from President Eisenhower's inaugural address from a 1989 broadcast
  • Video is over 20 minutes long
  • Keep in mind that the comments section is open to the public and is full of political opinions
  • The third of 10 videos in a playlist featuring presidential inaugurations
Pros

  • Audio is clear and easy to understand
  • Presents the address in its entirety
Cons

  • None