The President and the Public: Inaugural Addresses in American History

  title={The President and the Public: Inaugural Addresses in American History},
  author={Michael J. Korzi},
  journal={Congress \& the Presidency},
  pages={21 - 52}
  • Michael J. Korzi
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Political Science
  • Congress & the Presidency
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