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'Dedication,' Robert Frost's presidential inaugural poem, 20 January 1961.
Robert Frost's inaugural poem, "Dedication," with his editing marks

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Robert Frost Reads Poem at JFK's Inauguration
January 20, 1961

On January 20, 1961 Americans watching television, listening to the radio, or standing on the Capitol grounds heard these famous words: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." So said John F. Kennedy when he was sworn in as 35th president of the United States.
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