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tv   Reel America The Inaugural Story- 1949  CSPAN  January 19, 2021 10:10pm-10:24pm EST

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a new administration but a period that will be eventful, perhaps decisive for the united states and for the world.
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♪ ♪ ♪ this is washington, the capital of a great nation, a city of magnificent buildings. a storm rick monuments visit by thousands who come to pay homage of the shrines that are dedicated to the nation's greats, george washington,
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thomas jefferson, abraham lincoln. the city where beneath the classic home of the capital, a nation lawmakers meet. a city where young and old pause for one glorious sundry and stay in january to greet the man who spoke to take office. watch the pageantry and color of a memorable event and share as americans in their proud moments when a president is inaugurated. four months there has been intensive preparations for this great day. hundreds of workman saad and hammered and painted to accommodate the expected thousands.
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♪ ♪ ♪ at last a great moment is near. the empty gallery at the steps of the capital, crowded as the world ranking diplomats, members of the supreme court, the presidents cabinet all arrive. ♪ ♪ ♪ the president and vice president approach the front of the platform and the doctor steps forward to as the blessings of the almighty.
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>> the president and vice president of the united states, all needed wisdom, health and strength. >> chief justice vincent greats hairy s two men to repeat with moving simplicity -- >> i truman do solemnly swear at that i take the office of the united states to the best of my ability, preserve, protect the constitution of the united states. >> the simple ceremony over, the president prepares to deliver his inaugural day address. >> democracy is w w!c and intellectual capacity and right to govern himself through justice. the future of mankind will be a
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shirt in a world of justice, harmony and peace. the spell is broken. the cheering crowds give way. they go to katie enjoys greetings as great fleets of planes swooped overhead. the parade for the president and vice president forms a lying to march down pennsylvania avenue. almost 1 million spectators crowd every space as they eagerly await the spectacular pageantry. generals and at morals and high school cadets, democrats and republicans, all races, all creeds, all americans. the president and vice president are surrounded by
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129th field battalion, led by captain harry truman during world war i. [applause] and there goes the guards with its 48 brigade steep flakes. the colorful district of
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columbia leads the district of this parade. the state of missouri pays homage to its native son, president truman. ♪ ♪ ♪ kentucky, they proudly greet alvin barkley. ♪ ♪ ♪
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here comes the massachusetts flake.
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and the free state of maryland winds cheers from the washington neighbors in the crowd. south carolina's beautiful float. the united states coast guard academy. the virginia float.
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from the sidewalks of new york. niagara's frontier, the empire state salutes the president. dixie's north carolina. and tennessee is proudly represented. ohio is another colorful spectacle.
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the florida float with its suntanned beauties on top. and finally the parade comes to an end as dusk approaches and brings to a close and exciting day, a historic day, a day that will long be remembered. a great nation has chosen its leader.
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next on american history tv, abraham lincoln scholar harold holzer revisits the 16th president inaugural address delivered on march 4th, 1865, just six weeks before his assassination. it's considered one of the most iconic speeches in american history. the new york historical society hosted the discussion. >> we are honored to welcome them harold holzer back. he is the director of the roosevelt house

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