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Inauguration Day

Inauguration Day

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Inauguration Day

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joseph R. Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president.

Harris, from Oakland California, is noteworthy as she is the first female, first African American, and first Asian American vice president in United States history. She served as Attorney General of California from 2011-2017 and served as the junior senator of California from 2017-2021.

We’ve compiled several resources about the new administration, presidential inaugurations, and Amanda Gorman, the first National Youth Poet Laureate.

Inauguration Day Booklist
New year, new leaders! Here are a few titles for you to get acquainted with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris as well as reflect on the importance of the presidency.

The Biden-Harris Administration
Learn more about the people who carry out the priorities of the Biden-Harris Administration

A Resource Guide to U.S. Presidential Inaugurations
The Library of Congress digital collections include a wide variety of primary source materials documenting presidential inaugurations.

Inaugurations of Yesteryear
From the Library of Congress historical newspaper archives, here is a 1933 story on “strange” inaugurations — including George Washington’s stage fright.

Amanda Gorman
Learn more about LA native Amanda Gorman, who not only became the US’s first National Youth Poet Laureate in 2017, but is now the youngest poet to read at an inauguration (Library of Congress).