Gems from the Top 100 Speeches: A Handy Source of Inspiration for Your Thoughts and Language

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iUniverse, Feb 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 324 pages
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Public speaking is one of the things many fear the most. This fear is justified-Many eyes to look into and many minds to contend with. Thoughts are elusive. The catcher of powerful thoughts-the apt words-are even more elusive. Yet, you do not need to despair. By standing on the shoulders of great orators, you can also speak with facility, felicity, cogency, and potency.

Great orators have produced immortal thoughts couched in immortal words. This book selects the gems and the most versatile phrases in the top 100 speeches in the history of American rhetoric of the last century, so that you do not have to tire your mind and tax your time spending months going through all these speeches to mine the diamonds of powerful thoughts and felicitous words. This book furnishes you with powerful and ready blocks for the efficient construction of edifices of powerful ideas embodied in powerful words.

The top 100 speeches are the most significant American political speeches of the 20th century, according to 137 leading scholars of American public address. Their inclusion and ranking are based on their "social and political impact," "rhetorical artistry," "eloquence," and "power."

 

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Contents

I Have a Dream
1
Inaugural Address
4
First Inaugural Address
8
Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation
12
Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?
14
Checkers
19
The Ballot or the Bullet
23
The Space Shuttle Challenger Tragedy Address
28
The Great Society
162
The Marshall Plan
165
Truth and Tolerance in America
166
Speech Accepting the Democratic Presidential Nomination
169
The Struggle for Human Rights
172
1984 Vice Presidential Nomination Acceptance Address
177
Free Speech in Wartime
179
Remarks at the U S Ranger Monument on the 40th Anniversary of DDay
182

Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association
30
We Shall Overcome
33
A Tale of Two Cities
36
1984 Democratic National Convention Address The Rainbow Coalition
39
Statement on the Articles of Impeachment
43
Farewell Address to Congress
45
Ive Been to the Mountaintop
48
The Man with the Muckrake
52
Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr
56
Farewell Address
58
President Woodrow Wilsons War Message
61
Thayer Award Acceptance Address
64
The Great Silent Majority
67
Ich bin ein Berliner I am a Berliner
70
A Plea for Mercy
72
Acres of Diamonds
76
A Time for Choosing
77
Every Man a King
80
The Fundamental Principle of a Republic
83
The Great Arsenal of Democracy
87
Remarks at the Annual Convention of the National Association of Evangelicals
90
First Inaugural Address
92
First Fireside Chat
95
The Truman Doctrine
97
Speech Accepting the Nobel Prize in Literature
99
Statement to the Court Upon Being Convicted of Violating the Sedition Act
101
Remarks to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women Plenary Session
103
Atoms for Peace
106
American University Commencement Address
109
Democratic National Convention Address
112
Resignation Speech
117
The Fourteen Points
120
Declaration of Conscience
122
The Four Freedoms
124
Beyond Vietnam ATime to Break Silence
127
What It Means to be Colored in Capital of the United States
129
Imperialism
131
A Moral Necessity for Birth Control
136
Commencement Address at Wellesley College
141
Radio and Television Report to the American People on Civil Rights
144
Cuban Missile Crisis Address to the Nation
147
Television News Coverage
150
Address by The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson
154
A Whisper of Aids
159
Religious Belief and Public MoralityA Catholic Governors Perspective
184
Chappaquiddick
189
Labor and the Nation
192
GoldWaters 1964 Acceptance Speech
195
Black Power
198
1948 DNC Address
203
Address to the Jury
206
Carrie Chapman Catt The Crisis
209
Television and the Public Interest
211
Tribute to Senator Robert F Kennedy
214
Opening Statement Sexual Harassment Hearings Concerning Judge Clarence Thomas
218
Final Address in Support of the League of Nations
220
Farewell to Baseball Address
223
Cambodian Incursion Address
224
Speech Before Congress
226
Address to the Democratic National Convention
229
Renunciation Speech On Vietnam and Not Seeking Reelection
234
Commonwealth Club Address
237
First Inaugural Address
240
An End to History
244
Address at the Democratic National Convention
247
Eugene Debs The Issue 23 May 1908
249
The Childrens Era
253
A LeftHanded Commencement Address
256
Now We Can Begin Whats Next?
259
Share Our Wealth
261
Address on Taking the Oath of the U S Presidency
264
The MexicanAmerican and the Church
266
Statement at the Smith Act Trial
268
Energy and the National GoalsA Crisis of Confidence
271
Message To The Grass Roots
274
Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address
279
For the Equal Rights Amendment
282
Remarks at the Brandenburg Gate
285
The Perils of Indifference
287
Address to the Nation Pardoning Richard M Nixon
290
Appeal for Support of the League of Nations
293
Let Us Continue
295
Have You No Sense of Decency
298
Adoption of the Declaration of Human Rights
299
Introductions of Some Contributors
301
Subject Index
303
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