In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century

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Robert G. Torricelli, Andrew Carroll
Kodansha America, 1999 - 450 страница
ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF EXTRAORDINARY SPEECHES, ONE TIMELESS COLLECTION.

In Our Own Words is a record of the most impassioned, inspirational, and infuriating orations ever given by Americans in this century. Featured here are the words of poets and politicians, artists and astronauts, scoundrels and sports heroes, Native Americans and Nobel laureates, soldiers and civil rights activists, humorists and hellraisers. The most comprehensive collection of American oratory ever assembled, In Our Own Words includes over 150 speeches, sermons, eulogies, radio broadcasts, courtroom pleas, fireside chats, public tributes, and commencement addresses.

Beginning on the eve of the twentieth century, this collection spans the Progressive Era, the Depression, two World Wars, the civil rights movement, McCarthyism, Vietnam, feminism, the Reagan years, and the technological revolution, bringing us right up to the threshold of the new millennium, The words of these men and women, known and unknown, challenged the conscience of this country, summoned the nation to wan brought down tyrants, paid homage to fallen heroes, gave a voice to the poor and oppressed, and energized the soul and spirit of America in its most desperate times.

To hear the voices of these extraordinary Americans once again or for the first time is to sit in the front row of the history of this century, decade by decade. We find both well-known and little-known speeches by the Roosevelts and the Kennedys, Mark Twain, General George S. Patton, Ronald Reagan, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, Billy Graham, Malcolm X, Clarence Darrow, Rachel Carson, Will Rogers, Betty Friedan, Orson Welles, Lou Gehrig, Jane Fonda, Carl Sagan, Jackie Robinson, Charlton Heston, Pearl Buck, Vince Lombardi, Elie Wiesel, and Duke Ellington. Over a hundred more visionaries and villains, leaders and preachers, radicals and revolutionaries tell the story of their age from their bully pulpits and convention halls, their soapboxes and podiums. These are the voices of our nation.

No other century could have produced such dramatic oratory.

No other collection could have captured it more powerfully.

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IN OUR OWN WORDS: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century

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The last hundred years" worth of our most historical, powerful—and progressive—verbal addresses. The co-editors have very different qualifications. Senator Torricelli (D-N.J.) gives newsworthy ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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This is a great book for anyone. It includes all different types of speeches and speakers. Whether you are liberal, republican, or non of the above, you will enjoy reading this collection. I also ... Прочитајте целу рецензију

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Jane Addams Offers an Impassioned Tribute to George Washington
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The Reverend Dr Donald Sage Mackay Addresses the Question
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Ida B WellsBarnett Calls Attention to the Epidemic of Lynchings
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Chief Plenty Coup Confers with His Tribal Council on Achieving Peace
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Anarchist Emma Goldman Derides Patriotism as a Menace
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President Woodrow Wilson Requests a Declaration of
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President Woodrow Wilson Enumerates the Fourteen Points
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The Reverend Dr Anna Howard Shaw Beseeches Americans to Accept
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Segregation
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Dr Martin Luther King Jr Electrifies a Nation with His Call for
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President John F Kennedy Pays Tribute to the Poet Robert Frost
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Senator Barry Goldwater Exclaims at the 1964 Republican Convention
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President Lyndon Johnson Envisions Transforming America into
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President Lyndon Johnson Outlines the First Steps to Limiting
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Robert F Kennedy Calms a Mostly Black Crowd of 1000
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Attorney Edward Prindeville Demands Imprisonment for Eight
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Black Leader Marcus Garvey Finds Common Ground
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William Jennings Bryan Scoffs at Darwins Theory of Evolution
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Republican Presidential Candidate Herbert Hoover Predicts
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Oscar Ameringer Describes Intolerable Suffering Throughout
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Newly Elected President Franklin D Roosevelt Gives Inspiration
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Mary McLeod Bethune Commemorates the Sacrifices and Achievements
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Union Leader John L Lewis Excoriates Big Business for Its Brutality
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Legendary Composer Duke Ellington Exalts the Artistic Intellectual
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Journalist Dorothy Thompson Imagines the Horror of a World
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General Dwight D Eisenhower Drafts a Message of Apology
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President Harry S Truman Addresses a Nation GriefStricken by
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General Douglas MacArthur Offers Words of Peace After Japan Signs
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Robert H Jackson Demands a Verdict of Guilty for the Nazi Leaders
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Secretary of State George Marshall Announces a Plan to Save
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Nobel Laureate William Faulkner Expresses His Heartfelt Belief That
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Democratic Governor Adlai Stevenson Reminds Members of His Party
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John W Davis Contends That Separate but Equal Is a Matter for
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Environmentalist Rachel Carson Muses on the Exceeding Beauty
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Jack Kerouac in a Rare Public Appearance Describes What the Beat
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Congresswoman Shirley Anita St Hill Chisholm Demands That
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Vice President Spiro Agnew Blasts the Effete Corps of Impudent
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Carter Describes in Graphic Detail His Eyewitness Account
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D Barkley Reads Aloud the Prisoners Demands During
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Actress Jane Fonda Broadcasts ProCommunist Radio Messages
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Representative Barbara Jordan Argues for the Impeachment
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Astronomer Carl Sagan Discusses the Implications of Finding Life
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Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer Reflects on the Role of Stories
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President Jimmy Carter Addresses the Crisis of Confidence
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Presidential Candidate Ronald Reagan Vows a National Crusade
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UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick Excoriates the Soviet Union
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Susan Baker of the PMRC Recommends Putting Warning Labels
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President Ronald Reagan Honors the Memory of the Seven Astronauts
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An Unrepentent Oliver North Defends His Role in the IranContra
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Ryan White Relates the Prejudices and Hatred He Has Endured Since
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President George Bush Announces the Allied Air Attack on Saddam
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The Reverend Cecil L Murray During the L A Riots Implores
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Elizabeth Birch Appeals to Members of the Christian Coalition to Find
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Handgun Control Activist and Registered Republican Sarah Brady
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Bill Henderson Laments Societys Increasing Dependence
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Permissions 443
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SENATOR ROBERT TORRICELLIis a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, Judiciary Committee, Rules Committee, and Foreign Relations Committee. He writes all of his own speeches.


ANDREW CARROLLis the editor of the bestselling Letters of a Nation- A Collection of Extraordinary American Letters, and the founder of The Legacy Project, a national effort to seek out and preserve historically significant correspondence by Americans from all walks of life.

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