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Aug 28, 2012
| ISBN 9780143121954
Aug 28, 2012
| ISBN 9781101603673
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Aug 28, 2012 | ISBN 9780143121954
Aug 28, 2012 | ISBN 9781101603673
A selection of speeches by the most inspiring and persuasive orators in American historyPenguin 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.
Terry Golway was a journalist for thirty years, writing for the New York Observer, the New York Times, and other… More about Terry Golway
Richard Beeman is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of several books on the… More about Richard Beeman
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