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American Heritage Book of Great American Speeches for Young Peopleby Suzanne (edt) Mcintire
Synopses & Reviews
The history of the United States has been characterized by fervent idealism, intense struggle, and radical change. And for every critical, defining moment in American history, there were those whose impassioned voices rang out, clear and true, and whose words compelled the minds and hearts of all who heard them. When Patrick Henry declared, "Give me liberty, or give me death!", when Martin Luther King Jr. said, "I have a dream", Americans listened and were profoundly affected. These speeches stand today as testaments to this great nation made up of individuals with bold ideas and unshakeable convictions.
The American Heritage® Book of Great American Speeches for Young People includes over 100 speeches by founding fathers, patriots, Native American and African American leaders, abolitionists, womens suffrage and labor activists, writers, athletes, and others from all walks of life, featuring inspiring and unforgettable speeches by such notable speakers as:
Patrick Henry Thomas Jefferson Tecumseh Frederick Douglass Sojourner Truth Abraham Lincoln Susan B. Anthony Mother Jones Lou Gehrig Franklin D. Roosevelt Albert Einstein Pearl S. Buck Langston Hughes John F. Kennedy Martin Luther King Jr.
These are the voices that shaped our history. They are powerful, moving, and, above all else, uniquely American.
About the Author
American Heritage is well known for its magazine on American history, as well as many highly acclaimed books, including the American Heritage History of the United States and the American Heritage Illustrated History of the Presidents.
SUZANNE McINTIRE has been collecting great speeches for many years. She is a freelance writer and the mother of two.
Table of Contents
Powhatan, Chief of the Powhatan Confederacy (1609): To Captain John Smith.
Big Mouth, Onondaga Chief (1684): To De la Barre, Governor of Canada.
Andrew Hamilton (1735): In Defense of John Peter Zenger and the Freedom of the Press.
Canasatego, Onondaga Chief (1744): "We Will Make Men of Them".
John Hancock (1774): On the Fourth Anniversary of the Boston Massacre.
Logan, Mingo Chief (1774): To Lord Dunmore.
Patrick Henry (1775): "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death".
Solomon, Stockbridge Chief (1775): "We Have Ever Been True Friends".
Samuel Adams (1776): To the Continental Congress.
Benjamin Franklin (1787): To the Constitutional Convention.
Jonathan Smith (1788): To the Massachusetts Convention.
George Washington (1796): "Observe Good Faith and Justice towards All Nations".
Thomas Jefferson (1801): First Inaugural Address.
Red Jacket, Seneca Chief (1805): "We Never Quarrel about Religion".
Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief (1811): "Sleep Not Longer, O Choctaws and Chickasaws".
Pushmataha, Choctaw Chief (1824): Welcome to Lafayette.
Daniel Webster (1825): Bunker Hill Oration.
Black Hawk, Sauk Chief (1832): "Farewell to Black Hawk".
Sam Houston (1836): "Remember the Alamo!"
Elijah Lovejoy (1837): In Defense of a Free Press.
Angelina Grimke (1838): "What Has the North to Do with Slavery?"
Henry Highland Garnet (1843): The Call to Rebellion.
Lewis Richardson (1846): "My Grave Shall Be Made in Free Soil".
Thomas Corwin (1847): Against War with Mexico.
Frederick Douglass (1847): "If I Had a Country, I Should Be a Patriot".
Henry Clay (1850): A Call for a Measure of Compromise.
Sojourner Truth (1851): "If You Have Woman's Rights, Give Them to Her".
Frederick Douglass (1852): "What to the American Slave Is Your Fourth of July?"
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1854): On the Fugitive Slave Law.
Seattle, Duwamish Chief (1854): "We Will Dwell Apart and in Peace".
Lucy Stone (1855): "A Disappointed Woman".
Abraham Lincoln (1858): "A House Divided".
Stephen Douglas (1858): Sixth Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
John Brown (1859): To the Court after Sentencing.
William Lloyd Garrison (1859): On the Death of John Brown.
Jefferson Davis (1861): Farewell to the Senate.
Abraham Lincoln (1863): The Gettysburg Address.
Abraham Lincoln (1865): "With Malice toward None, with Charity for All".
Henry M. Turner (1868): "I Hold That I Am a Member of This Body".
George Graham Vest (1870): Eulogy on the Dog.
Cochise, Chiricahua Apache Chief (1872): We Will Remain at Peace with Your People Forever".
Susan B. Anthony (1873): "Are Women Persons?"
Chief Joseph, Nez Perce (1877): "I Will Fight No More Forever"
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1892): "The Solitude of Self".
William Jennings Bryan (1896): "A Cross of Gold".
Russell Conwell (late 1890s): "Acres of Diamonds".
Harry Gladstone (1898): To the Machine Tenders Union.
Mother Jones (1901): To the United Mine Workers of America.
Florence Kelley (1905): "Freeing the Children from Toil".
Mark Twain (1906): "In Behalf of Simplified Spelling".
Theodore Roosevelt (1910): Citizenship in a Republic.
Rose Schneiderman (1911): On the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Fire.
John Jay Chapman (1912): The Coatesville Address.
Stephen S. Wise (1914): Tribute to Lincoln.
Woodrow Wilson (1915): "An Oath of Allegiance to a Great Ideal".
Anna Howard Shaw (1915): The Fundamental Principle of a Republic.
Woodrow Wilson (1917): "The World Must Be Made Safe for Democracy".
Emma Goldman (1917): "First Make Democracy Safe in America".
Eugene V. Debs (1918): "While There Is a Lower Class, I Am in It".
Clarence Darrow (1924): In Defense of Leopold and Loeb.
Alfred E. Smith (1928): "Anything Un-American Cannot Live in the Sunlight".
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933): "The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself".
Lou Gehrig (1939): "The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth".
Harold Ickes (1941): "What Constitutes an American?"
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941): "A Date Which Will Live in Infamy".
Learned Hand (1944): "The Spirit of Liberty".
Dwight D. Eisenhower (1944): "The Eyes of the World Are upon You".
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1944): The Fala Address.
Douglas MacArthur (1944): "People of the Philippines: I Have Returned".
Roland Gittelsohn (1947): Eulogy at the Marine Corps Cemetery.
Albert Einstein (1947): To the United Nations.
Margaret Chase Smith (1950): "The Four Horsemen of Calumny".
William Faulkner (1950): "I Decline to Accept the End of Man".
Pearl Buck (1951): Forbidden to Speak at Cardozo High School Graduation.
Charlotta Bass (1952): "Let My People Go".
Richard Nixon (1952): The Checkers Speech.
Martin Luther King Jr. (1955): There Comes a Time When People Get Tired".
Langston Hughes (1957): "On the Blacklist All Our Lives".
Roy Wilkins (1957): "The Clock Will Not Be Turned Back".
John F. Kennedy (1961): "Ask What You Can Do for Your Country".
Douglas MacArthur (1962): "Duty, Honor, Country".
John F. Kennedy (1963): "Let Them Come to Berlin".
Martin Luther King Jr. (1963): "I Have a Dream".
Charles B. Morgan Jr. (1963): "Four Little Girls Were Killed"
Earl Warren (1963): Eulogy for President John F. Kennedy.
Malcolm X (1964): "The Ballot or the Bullet".
Barry Goldwater (1964): "Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice".
Mario Savio (1964): "History Has Not Ended".
Lyndon Baines Johnson (1965): "We Shall Overcome".
Adlai Stevenson (1965): To the United Nations.
William Sloane Coffin Jr. (1967): The Anvil of Individual Conscience".
Cesar Chavez (1968): "God Help Us to Be Men!"
J. William Fulbright (1968): "The Focus Is Vietnam".
Martin Luther King Jr. (1968): "I' ve Been to the Mountaintop".
Robert F. Kennedy (1968): On the Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Shirley Chisholm (1969): "The Business of America Is War".
Frank James (1970): On the 350th Anniversary of Plymouth.
Archibald Cox (1971): "The Price of Liberty to Speak the Truth".
Barbara Jordan (1974): "My Faith in the Constitution Is Whole".
Richard Nixon (1974): "I Shall Resign the Presidency".
Silvio Conte (1975): "I Must 'Raise a Beef' about This Bill".
Dr Seuss (1977): Commencement Address at Lake Forest College.
Esther Cohen (1981): At the Liberators Conference.
Samantha Smith (1983): "Look Around and See Only Friends".
Ronald Reagan (1986): To the Nation on the Challenger Disaster.
Thurgood Marshall (1987): On the Bicentennial of the Constitution.
Ronald Reagan (1987): "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall!"
Jesse Jackson (1988): To the Democratic National Convention.
Daniel Inouye (1993): To the 442nd Infantry Regimental Combat Team.
Cal Ripken Jr. (1995): To His Fans.
Charles S. Robb (2000): "They Died for That Which Can Never Burn".
Appendix: To the Young Speaker.
Index of Speakers.
Index of Themes.
What Our Readers Are Saying
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