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A selection of speeches by the most inspiring and persuasive orators in American history

Penguin presents a series of six portable, accessible, and—above all—essential reads from American political history, selected by leading scholars. Series editor Richard Beeman, author of The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution, draws together the great texts of American civic life to create a timely and informative mini-library of perennially vital issues. Whether readers are encountering these classic writings for the first time, or brushing up in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, these slim volumes will serve as a powerful and illuminating resource for scholars, students, and civic-minded citizens.

American Political Speeches includes the best American rhetoric from inside and outside the White House. Some of the greatest words spoken in American history have come from men and women who lacked the biggest bully pulpit in the country, but who nevertheless were able to move the nation with words. Frederick Douglass explained the irony of Independence Day from the perspective of a slave. Martin Luther King, Jr. described his dream of an interracial America. William Jennings Bryan gave voice to social discontent with a single phrase, "a cross of gold." Barbara Jordan summoned the nation"s outrage during the impeachment hearings against Richard Nixon. And the best presidents, not by coincidence, have tended to be those with an appreciation for the use of language: Lincoln explaining a new birth of freedom at Gettysburg; John Kennedy voicing moral outrage at the Berlin Wall; Franklin D. Roosevelt chatting to a nation gathered in front of radios; Ronald Reagan addressing Congress freshly healed from an assassination attempt.

Synopsis:

A unique and handy guide to the law of land from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars.

Known across the country for his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Professor Richard Beeman is one of the nation's foremost experts on the United States Constitution. In this book, he has produced what every American should have: a compact, fully annotated copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and amendments, all in their entirety. A marvel of accessibility and erudition, the guide also features a history of the making of the Consittution with excerpts from The Federalist Papers and a look at crucial Supreme Court cases that reminds us that the meaning of many of the specific provisions of the Constitution has changed over time.

Synopsis:

The complete American presidential inaugural addresses featuring historical background by a National Book Award winner

A testament to the power of oratory, this stirring and often surprising collection includes all fifty-five United States presidential inaugural addresses, as well as a general introduction and commentary that provides historical context for each speech. Marking pivotal moments in American history, readers will learn:

? How George Washington came to ad-lib ?So help me, God? at the end of his first inaugural address

? Why Thomas Jefferson?s first inaugural address is considered one of the finest ever delivered

? The historical background behind Franklin D. Roosevelt?s ?The only thing we have to fear is fear itself? and John F.

Kennedy?s ?Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.?

About the Author

Robert V. Remini, whose three-volume biography, Andrew Jackson, won the National Book Award and was reissued in 1998 as a Main Selection of the History Book Club, is also the author of biographies of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. He is professor emeritus of history and research professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

Robert V. Remini, whose three-volume biography, Andrew Jackson, won the National Book Award and was reissued in 1998 as a Main Selection of the History Book Club, is also the author of biographies of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. He is professor emeritus of history and research professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

Robert V. Remini, whose three-volume biography, Andrew Jackson, won the National Book Award and was reissued in 1998 as a Main Selection of the History Book Club, is also the author of biographies of Henry Clay and Daniel Webster. He is professor emeritus of history and research professor emeritus of humanities at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and lives in Wilmette, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Fellow Citizens Introduction by Robert V. Remini and Terry Golway

1. George Washington

First Inaugural Address (April 30, 1789)

2. George Washington

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1793)

3. John Adams

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1797)

4. Thomas Jefferson

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1801)

5. Thomas Jefferson

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1805)

6. James Madison

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1809)

7. James Madison

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1813)

8. James Monroe

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1817)

9. James Monroe

Second Inaugural Address (March 5, 1821)

10. John Quincy Adams

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1825)

11. Andrew Jackson

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1829)

12. Andrew Jackson

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1833)

13. Martin Van Buren

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1837)

14. William Henry Harrison

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1841)

15. James K. Polk

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1845)

16. Zachary Taylor

Inaugural Address (March 5, 1849)

17. Franklin Pierce

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1853)

18. James Buchanan

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1857)

19. Abraham Lincoln

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1861)

20. Abraham Lincoln

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1865)

21. Ulysses S. Grant

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1869)

22. Ulysses S. Grant

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1873)

23. Rutherford B. Hayes

Inaugural Address (March 5, 1877)

24. James A. Garfield

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1881)

25. Grover Cleveland

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1885)

26. Benjamin Harrison

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1889)

27. Grover Cleveland

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1893)

28. William McKinley

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1897)

29. William McKinley

Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1901)

30. Theodore Roosevelt

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1905)

31. William Howard Taft

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1909)

32. Woodrow Wilson

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1913)

33. Woodrow Wilson

Second Inaugural Address (March 5, 1917)

34. Warren G. Harding

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1921)

35. Calvin Coolidge

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1925)

36. Herbert Hoover

Inaugural Address (March 4, 1929)

37. Franklin D. Roosevelt

First Inaugural Address (March 4, 1933)

38. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Second Inaugural Address (January 20, 1937)

39. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Third Inaugural Address (January 20, 1941)

40. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Fourth Inaugural Address (January 20, 1945)

41. Harry S. Truman

Inaugural Address (January 20, 1949)

42. Dwight D. Eisenhower

First Inaugural Address (January 20, 1953)

43. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Second Inaugural Address (January 21, 1957)

44. John F. Kennedy

Inaugural Address (January 20, 1961)

45. Lyndon B. Johnson

Inaugural Address (January 20, 1965)

46. Richard Nixon

First Inaugural Address (January 20, 1969)

47. Richard Nixon

Second Inaugural Address (January 20, 1973)

48. Gerald R. Ford

Succession Speech (August 9, 1974)

49. Jimmy Carter

Inaugural Address (January 20, 1977)

50. Ronald Reagan

First Inaugural Address (January 20, 1981)

51. Ronald Reagan

Second Inaugural Address (January 21, 1985)

52. George H. W. Bush

Inaugural Address (January 20, 1989)

53. Bill Clinton

First Inaugural Address (January 20, 1993)

54. Bill Clinton

Second Inaugural Address (January 20, 1997)

55. George W. Bush

First Inaugural Address (January 20, 2001)

56. George W. Bush

Second Inaugural Address (January 20, 2005)

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Part of Penguin Books Civic Classics, American Political Speeches by Terry Golway should be on every American's bookshelf. Here is a collection of speeches that many of us have heard of at some point during our schooling or in common reference, but chances are many of us also have not read the texts.

Speeches ranges from those given by presidents--Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roosevelt(s) and more--to noted figures such as Frederick Douglass, William Jennings Bryan, and Hillary Clinton. My book club chose this for one of its selections, and we had endless topics to discuss. Which speeches surprised us? Which ones inspired us? What issues has our country dealt with in the past that we are still addressing today? Which ones seemed prophetic?

We talked for two hours and could have gone on for longer if we hadn't run out of time. This is a great selection for mother-daughter book clubs with girls aged 14 and up or for adult book clubs. Each of the members in our group of adults said we'll buy more copies to pass on to friends, coworkers and other family members. Also, we all said we'd like to get others in the series, which includes Supreme Court decisions, Thomas Paine's Common Sense papers and Lincoln's speeches. There's not much higher of a recommendation I can give than that.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143121954
Author:
Golway, Terry
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Feinman, Jay M.
Author:
Beeman, Rich
Author:
Lincoln, Abraham
Author:
Paine, Thomas
Author:
Remini, Robert V.
Author:
Madison, James
Author:
Jay, John
Author:
Beeman, Richard
Author:
Guelzo, Allen C.
Author:
ard
Author:
Hamilton, Alexander
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Constitutions
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Penguin Civic Classics
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.48 x 5.64 x 1.08 in 0.9 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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A unique and handy guide to the law of land from one of America's most esteemed constitutional scholars.

Known across the country for his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Professor Richard Beeman is one of the nation's foremost experts on the United States Constitution. In this book, he has produced what every American should have: a compact, fully annotated copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and amendments, all in their entirety. A marvel of accessibility and erudition, the guide also features a history of the making of the Consittution with excerpts from The Federalist Papers and a look at crucial Supreme Court cases that reminds us that the meaning of many of the specific provisions of the Constitution has changed over time.

"Synopsis" by ,
The complete American presidential inaugural addresses featuring historical background by a National Book Award winner

A testament to the power of oratory, this stirring and often surprising collection includes all fifty-five United States presidential inaugural addresses, as well as a general introduction and commentary that provides historical context for each speech. Marking pivotal moments in American history, readers will learn:

? How George Washington came to ad-lib ?So help me, God? at the end of his first inaugural address

? Why Thomas Jefferson?s first inaugural address is considered one of the finest ever delivered

? The historical background behind Franklin D. Roosevelt?s ?The only thing we have to fear is fear itself? and John F.

Kennedy?s ?Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.?

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