THE PRESIDENCY: Faith & Freedom

Over the vast, silent crowd on Capitol Hill and through homes and offices across the land, the voice rang sharp & clear: "I, Dwight D. Eisenhower, do solemnly swear . . . [to] preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States—so help me God." Black-robed Chief Justice Vinson stepped back, and the new President of the U.S. stood alone.

He began with a prayer: "Almighty God . . . give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong . . . so that all may work for the...