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Presidential Inauguration

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This Monday is the day that President Barack Obama will be sworn into office again to begin his second four-year term.  Inauguration Day is usually always held on January 20th but will change this time because of the 2013 calendar. This information is from the official Inaugural website (the link is found at the end of this post).:
********************************************************************************* When Inauguration Day Falls on Sunday Only six times in the nation's history has the constitutionally-mandated date for a Presidential Inauguration fallen on a Sunday. January 20, 2013 will be the seventh time, and following historical precedent, the public ceremony will be held at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, January 21, 2013. In a tradition that dates back to 1917, the White House will likely arrange a private swearing in before noon on January 20, 2013.
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There will be many events this week…

Hamilton and Jefferson

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Students are exploring the differences between Alexander Hamilton, first Secretary of the Treasury and Thomas Jefferson. It's interesting for them to see not only how these men viewed government and society back in the late 1700s but also how they are similar to politicans today. While not a perfect match, Hamilton's ideas bear resemblance to the Republican Party's views today and Jefferson has Democratic leanings. There's much to interpret in their differences and it's making for interesting class discussion.