Values extolled in U.S. presidential inaugural addresses

Richard Kinnier, Sande Dannenbaum, Debbiesiu Lee, Paulette Aasen, Jerry L. Kernes

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Value themes were extracted from U.S. presidential inaugural addresses of the 19th and 20th centuries. The values most frequently extolled were liberty, belief in God, patriotism, justice, personal responsibility, and peace. More references to lowering taxes were made in the 19th compared with the 20th century and by Republicans compared with Democrats. Truth/honesty was more frequently mentioned in the 19th century than in the 20th century, but courage was more frequently mentioned in the 20th century. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-130
Number of pages5
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies


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