Second Inaugural essay contestDecember 14th, 2012
On January 21, President Barack Obama will take the oath as President for the second time. To help students think about the event, the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago is hosting an essay contest for Illinois high school students to create their own versions of the second inaugural address.
The CRFC explains:
What would you say to America if you were taking office on January 21? Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) invites Illinois high school students to submit their “second inaugural” essay for a chance to win one of three scholarships. Essays can be up to 700 words (two more word than Lincoln’s).
Head over to CRFC for more details on the contest, but the assignment is one that can be completed by students everywhere. What made Lincoln’s address so remarkable? What lessons might Lincoln’s summons to a national purpose offer us in dealing with our domestic political adversaries in the partisan battles of public life today? And how would studying Lincoln’s address affect what you might say in your own second inaugural address come January?Click here to sign up for our newsletter.
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