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American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton…

by Ted Widmer

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I received this book for Christmas this year, and find it very handy. Lots of important speeches, many presidential, from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton. I've used it as a reference source, and as a source to peruse. ( )
  ksmyth | May 5, 2007 |
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(Publisher) Public speeches have profoundly shaped American history and culture, transforming not only our politics but also our language and our sense of national identity. This volume collects the unabridged texts of 83 eloquent and dramatic speeches delivered by 45 American public figures between 1865 and 1997, beginning with Abraham Lincoln's last speech on Reconstruction and ending with Bill Clinton's heartfelt tribute to the Little Rock Nine. During this period American political oratory continued to evolve, as a more conversational style, influenced by the intimacy of radio and television, emerged alongside traditional forms of rhetoric.… (more)

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