50th Anniversary of JFK’s Inaugural Address

“Ask not what your country can do for you –
ask what you can do for your country”

50 years ago today, on January 20th, 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States and he delivered his famous Inauguration Speech encouraging Americans to: “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”.

This 13-minute speech confronted the Cold War, and Kennedy called for his fellow Americans and all citizens of the world to take responsibility for the freedom of mankind.

At a time when the threat of nuclear war was looming, President Kennedy called for a new generation to rise up and seek peace while at the same time be willing to fight to defend freedom.

It’s an inspiring speech delivered at a precarious time in our nation’s history, and widely considered to be the greatest Presidential Inauguration speech ever.

Read it, study it, watch it, listen to it — Make it a part of your homeschool today.

It’s available on streaming video courtesy of C-SPAN on YouTube and on an audio MP3 download from AmericanRhetoric.com.

Complete text of the speech with background information.

Watch JFK’s Famous Speech:

With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

The JFK Presidential Library and Museum includes archival material and early handwritten drafts of his Inaugural Speech.

Celebrate the president and his speech with books about his legacy; from his vision to his assassination, here are 9 books about JFK from The Huffington Post.

You can check out many more sp eeches delivered by Pre sident Kennedy here: All John F. Kennedy Speeches

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