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Old 04-22-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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I just wonder if any people out there have a favorite speech in american history.
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Old 04-22-2008, 10:59 AM
 
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MLK, Beyond Vietnam. Too Bad there has been no one like him. His thoughts and speeches are timeless.

American Rhetoric: Martin Luther King, Jr: A Time to Break Silence (Declaration Against the Vietnam War)
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Southern New Jersey
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1. Washington's Farewell Address

2. Ronald Reagan "A Time for Choosing" delivered at the 1964 Republican Convention.

These are definitely my favorites.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC
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it's kind of a tough question. people seem to like the speeches that we actually have seen and heard delivered, but I would have loved to have been in the room when patrick henry delivered his "give me liberty, or give me death" speech.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Washington DC
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William Tecumseh Sherman to his men when they were ready to leave Chattanooga.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Dwight D Eisenhower's speech about the perils of militarization of our country is one of the most prophetic and ignored. We are only beginning to pay for our excess military spending and our frivolous empire.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Southern New Jersey
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it's kind of a tough question. people seem to like the speeches that we actually have seen and heard delivered, but I would have loved to have been in the room when patrick henry delivered his "give me liberty, or give me death" speech.
Oh! That was up there on my list; it must have been fairly uncomfortable for those who were determined to remain loyal to Britain.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Near Manito
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I have difficulty choosing between Lincoln's Gettysburg Address:

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

...and his Second Inaugural address:

With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.

Both of these speeches changed the course of American history. They were, and remain, powerful and inspiring; they appeal to the best in us all.
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Old 04-22-2008, 11:47 AM
 
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Oh! That was up there on my list; it must have been fairly uncomfortable for those who were determined to remain loyal to Britain.
That is interesting. I have just begun to read a bit about the loyalists. The German immigrants were so beholden to King George for saving them from the religous oppression they lived under that they felt compelled to be loyal to him. I would like to hear a few loyalist speeches measured against the give me liberty, give me death speech.
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Old 04-22-2008, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Southern New Jersey
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That is interesting. I have just begun to read a bit about the loyalists. The German immigrants were so beholden to King George for saving them from the religous oppression they lived under that they felt compelled to be loyal to him. I would like to hear a few loyalist speeches measured against the give me liberty, give me death speech.
Galloway's Speech to Continental Congress, September 1774

Joseph Galloway was a loyalist, I found this speech of his. Ultimately, he ended up fighting for the British in 1776.
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