President Lincoln's Inauguration Re-enactment

This video originally aired on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

About This Video

Actor Sam Waterston recites Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address to mark the 150th anniversary of his swearing-in as president of the United States on March 4, 1861. The oath of office was re-enacted and Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer delivered remarks. As was the sequence in 1861, the swearing-in follows the reading of the inaugural address.


History and Society, Executive Branch, Abraham Lincoln, American History TV, Civil War

Related Subjects/Topics

  • U.S. History


  • Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer
  • Actor Sam Waterston