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American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton

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Public speeches have profoundly shaped American history and culture, transforming not only our politics but also our language and our sense of national identity. This volume (the second of an unprecedented two-volume collection) gathers the unabridged texts of 83 eloquent and dramatic speeches delivered by 45 American public figures between 1865 and 1997, beginning with Ab ...more
Hardcover, 875 pages
Published October 5th 2006 by Library of America
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Jun 16, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it
This collection provides a good look at the issues that concerned people between the Civil War and the end of the Cold War. And although the speeches are restricted to political oratory, the editor defines this broadly, because not all the speakers are politicians. Included in this collection is a particularly moving speech by Ida B. Wells on lynching, an earthy speech by General Patton given to the troops as they move to invade Normandy in WWII, the speech MLK gave the night before his assassin ...more
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I read this for a class I took in college. I found it very interesting. I do enjoy reading about history and these speeches touch on the various issues and concerns our country faced throughout the years.
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Edward (Ted) Ladd Widmer (born 1963) is a historian, writer, and librarian, who served as a speechwriter in the later days of the Clinton White House.

His parents were Eric G. Widmer and Ellen B. Widmer. As of 1992, his father was working as Dean of Admissions and financial aid at Brown University, and his mother was an Associate Professor of Asian Languages and Literatures at Wesleyan University.
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