James M. Banner, Jr.

About James M.

James M. Banner, Jr., was a member of the history department of Princeton University from 1966 to 1980, which he left to found the American Association for the Advancement of the Humanities. A former Guggenheim Fellow, fellow of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard, member of the board of directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, and Fulbright Visiting Professor of American History at Charles University, Prague, he is the author of many books and articles on American history, the discipline of history, education, and public affairs. They include, with Harold C. Cannon, The Elements of Teaching and The Elements of Learning, and, most recently, an edited book, Presidential Misconduct: From George Washington to Today. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC Voice, and other papers and publications. He was a co-founder of the History News Service and the National History Center of the American Historical Association.

Primary Source: Thomas Jefferson’s First Inaugural Address (1801)   Friends & Fellow Citizens, Called upon to undertake the duties of the first Executive office of our country, I avail myself of the presence of that portion of my fellow citizens which is here assembled to express my grateful thanks for the favor with which they have… MORE