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American Speeches: Political Oratory from Patrick Henry to Barack Obama…

by Ted Widmer

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Public oratory has profoundly shaped American history and culture-- not only our politics but our language and our sense of national identity. Here is the complete text of forty-seven of the greatest speeches in American history."Collects the texts of forty-seven speeches on political subjects given by thirty-two American public figures between 1775 and 2008 and presents them in the chronological order of their delivery."--P. 361."From the American Revolution to the present day, public oratory has profoundly shaped American history and culture--not only our politics but our language and our sense of national identity. Edited by historian and former presidential speechwriter Ted Widmer, American Speeches presents the complete texts of forty-seven of the greatest speeches in American history: from Patrick Henry's address before the Virginia Convention in 1775 ('give me liberty, or give me death!') to 'A More Perfect Union,' Barack Obama's profound meditation on race from the 2008 presidential campaign. Classic speeches like Sojourner Truth's stirring declamation to the 1851 Women's Rights Convention, Abraham Lincoln's masterpiece at Gettysburg, John F. Kennedy's still-inspiring inaugural address, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s prophetic 'I Have a Dream' speech, and Ronald Reagan's clarion call at the Brandenburg Gate come together to form a dynamic portrait of our ongoing struggle to define and to realize the possibilities of the American experiment."--Cover p. [4].… (more)

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