The Speeches

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Select a chapter:

  1. The Great Commoner
    • William Jennings Bryan – The “Cross of Gold” Speech
  2. The “New Nationalism” vs. the “New Freedom”
    • Theodore Roosevelt – The New Nationalism
    • Woodrow Wilson – Labor Day Speech in Buffalo, New York
  3. A "Return to Normalcy"
    • Senator Warren G Harding – Return to Normalcy Speech
  4. “Rugged Individualism” vs. “Bold, Persistent Experimentation”
    • Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Acceptance Speech at the 1932 Democratic Convention
    • Franklin Roosevelt – The Commonwealth Club Speech
    • Herbert Hoover – “Rugged Individualism” Speech at New York’s Madison Square Garden
  5. "Rendezvous with Destiny"
    • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – Acceptance Speech at the 1936 Democratic Convention
  6. The Birth of A Political Stereotype
    • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – “Martin, Barton & Fish” Speech
    • President Franklin Delano Roosevelt – “Fala” Speech
    • President Harry S Truman – Acceptance Speech at the 1948 Democratic Convention
  7. The "Bright Sunshine of Human Rights"
    • Hubert H Humphrey – “The Bright Sunshine of Human Rights” - Humphrey Addresses the Democratic National Convention on Civil Rights
  8. "Let's Talk Sense to the American People"
    • Governor Adlai Stevenson – Address to the American Legion
  9. The "Checkers" Speech
    • Senator Richard Nixon – The “Checkers” Speech
  10. "I Shall Go To Korea"
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower – The “I Shall Go to Korea” Speech
  11. "The New Frontier"
    • John F. Kennedy – “The New Frontier”
  12. Getting Religion on the Campaign Trail
    • Senator John F. Kennedy – Address to the Houston Ministerial Association
  13. The Conservative Moment
    • Senator Barry Goldwater – Acceptance Speech at the 1964 Democratic Convention
  14. The "Forgotten Americans"
    • Governor George Wallace – George Wallace Calls for Freedom from Civil Rights Legislation, Atlanta, GA
    • Richard Nixon – Acceptance Speech at the 1968 Republican Convention
  15. America "Come Home"
    • Senator George McGovern – Acceptance Speech at the 1972 Democratic Convention
    • Vice President Hubert Humphrey – Salt Lake City Speech
  16. The Triumph of Conservatism
    • Ronald Reagan – Acceptance Speech at the 1980 Republican National Convention
  17. The Liberals Strike Back
    • Governor Mario Cuomo – “A Tale of Two Cities”
    • Reverend Jesse Jackson – Rainbow Coalition Speech: 1984 Democratic National Convention
    • Walter Mondale – Acceptance Speech at the 1984 Democratic National Convention
  18. Murphy Brown and the Culture Wars
    • Pat Buchanan – Speech to the 1992 Republican National Convention
    • Vice President Dan Quayle – The “Murphy Brown” Speech
  19. "I Still Believe in a Place Called Hope"
    • Bill Clinton – 1996 State of the Union Address
    • Bill Clinton – Sister Souljah Speech
    • Bill Clinton – Acceptance Speech at the 1992 Democratic Convention