Brief Description of the Site:
Exactly what did Dr. King say in his â€œI Have a Dreamâ€ speech? What did General Douglas MacArthur say in â€œDuty, Honor, Countryâ€? What did Pres. Nixon say in his resignation speech? Here in one place are these speeches and 97 others. They can be arranged by decade or by rank order. Many are also available as MP3 or RealAudio files, which means that students can hear Pres. Roosevelt deliver the â€œDay of Infamyâ€ speech or Pres. Kennedy deliver â€œIch Bin Ein Berlinerâ€. In addition there are speeches by female orators, speeches from movies, and a separate section on the almost-lost art of rhetoric.
How to use the site:
Teachers of social studies will welcome the chance to make history come alive for their students. Imagine being able to play and tape-record FDRâ€™s words as he announces that this nation would enter WWII. Imagine being able to analyze and speculate upon the truth of Pres. Eisenhowerâ€™s warnings re: â€œthe acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complexâ€ given in his farewell speech. Teachers of English/Language Arts will welcome the chance to deconstruct and study these speeches, helping their students to analyze and understand the persuasive power they represent. Some might even require students to memorize and recite selected passages, a device that helped past generations appreciate the power of English but which sadly is seldom done these days.