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Historical Style

1. Compare clothing styles worn by different presidents and first ladies. Create a visual presentation. Then be in ... Vogue, Vogue, Vogue for the time period!

Abigail Adams
Courtesy of The Library of Congress

Feather Fan circa 1805 - 1810

Fashion Web Sites

First Lady Sites

By Popular Demand: Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present
First Ladies - Whitehouse
National Museum of American History: First Ladies
National First Ladies Library

2. How have writing styles or words changed since the birth of our nation? Select two presidents to compare. Create a visual presentation. And rock on!

3. Have speeches changed from president to president or do they continue to say the same thing, but in different words? Select two presidents to compare. Create a visual presentation such as a chart to show the similarities and differences.

Look through the resources to find interesting changes. Inaugural speeches will have good examples of writing styles as well as what president's wanted the public to hear. Some of the sound recordings of speeches will also be useful in comparisons. The Portrait Gallery will give you a start on men's clothing while the display of inaugural gowns by first ladies will help with women. Did any adornments such as feathers create raise any issues? See the exhibit The Feather Trade at the National Museum of American History. Check other sites as well. It's all a matter of style.

Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923
Courtesy of The Library of Congress

Presidential Sites

American Memory Library of Congress - search the entire collection using the keyword presidents
Prosperity and Thrift: The Coolidge Era
The Last Days of a President: Films of McKinley and the Pan-American Exposition, 1901
The American Presidency: A Glorious Burden

Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson
National Archives - Links to Presidential Libraries
National Portrait Gallery Hall of Presidents
Theodore Roosevelt: His Life and Times on Film
Presidents of the United States - Whitehouse


Abraham Lincoln Online - Speeches, This Week in Lincoln History
American Leaders Speak: Recordings from Worl War I and the 1920 Election
The History Channel - Great Speeches
Inaugural Addresses - Project Bartleby
Inaugural Addresses, State of the Union, and Farewell Speeches
PBS- Presidential Voices

1908 Election Ad

1908 Election - Sound Recordings

In 1908 a series of speeches were recorded on wax cylinders for William Jennings Bryan and William Howard Taft and sold to the public. This was the first time that two candidtates for President recorded their positions on the current issues. Follow these links to learn more about these sound recordings and the 1908 election.

The Presidential Debates Of '08 — 1908, That Is -NPR
Running on Wax - Wall Street Journal
Debate '08: Taft and Bryan Campaign on the Edison Phonograph

Example: William Jennings Bryan - Immortality

Example: William Howard Taft -The Rights of Labor

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