Presidents George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama: their speeches — and vocabulary choices — set the tone of their eras. Some of their words are woven into our national memory; others are lost to time.
Here at Vocabulary.com, we're in the business of preserving them through a series of lists drawn from some of the most well-known presidential speeches. Celebrate Presidents' Day today by browsing the collection, or, for Presidents' Day purists, learn lists consisting exclusively of Washington's or Lincoln's words.
Lincoln Inaugural Address (March 1861): It's notable that the first word appearing on this list is compliance, which the 20/20 backwards vision of history confirms was of the utmost importance to his first term. Other Lincoln lists include: The Emancipation Proclamation and The Gettysburg Address.
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