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Abraham Lincoln Online: Speeches and Writings

Collection of various quotations, speeches, writings, and documents from Abraham Lincoln.

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American Leaders Speak: Recordings from World War I and the 1920 Election

Collection of audio recordings of speakers from the WWI era and the 1920 election conducted by the Nation Forum project.

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American Rhetoric

Database of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events.

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The Avalon Project (Yale Law School)

Collection of documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Avalon documents have referenced materials in the text linked as well.

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Feminist.com: Articles and Speeches

A collection of feminist speeches

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Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World

Gifts of Speech is a non-profit project, sponsored by Sweet Briar College, dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by inspirational, influential and contemporary, women from around the world. T

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History Channel: Famous Speeches and Audio

Video clips of speeches from the History Channel

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I Do Solemnly Swear...: Presidential Inaugurations

A Library of Congress collection of approximately 400 items or 2,000 digital files relating to inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to Barack Obama's inauguration of 2009. This presentation includes diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music.

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Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States

Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States:  George Washington to Barack Obama

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Library of Congress

"is the nation’s first established cultural institution and the largest library in the world."

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Vincent Voice Library

The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 100,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices of over 500,000 persons from all walks of life. Political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured and cataloged to serve the research needs of a local, national and international user base. Clients include students and faculty of Michigan State University, other scholars and researchers, broadcasting networks, news agencies and film, video, and Web production companies.

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MLK Online

Watch, read and listen to Martin Luther King's most famous speeches.

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Searching for Speeches

Speeches other types of oral communicaion can be primary sources of great importance to researchers in the fields of history, communication, religion and related disciplines. This guide identifies and describes some of the most significant indexing tools and full-text sources of speeches.

Suggested searches:

"i have a dream"
churchill and speech*
reagan and challenger and speech*
"susan b anthony" and speech*
"sojourner truth" and speech*
"barbara jordan" and (rhetoric* or speech* or orat*)
kennedy and inaugura*
"elizabeth i" and armada
"martin luther king" and (speech* or rhetoric*)
gehrig and (speech* or address*)
"malcolm x" and (speech* or rhetoric*)

  The following are databases that contain transcripts or recordings of important speeches   

Historical Newspapers

This collection of historical newspapers provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time. Includes:

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Searching the library catalog for speeches

To search for books, videos, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials containing speeches, search the catalog.

Keyword Search: to perform a "Keyword" search, try the following suggested searches:

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(speech* or rhetoric*) and president*
(speech* or rhetoric*) and america*
(speech* or rhetoric*) and (america* or "united states")"martin luther king" and speech*
(jfk or "john f kennedy") and speech*
"margaret thatcher" and speech*
"civil right*" and (speech* or rhetoric*)
politic* and speech* and criticism
 
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