In Our Own Words: Extraordinary Speeches of the American Century

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Robert G. Torricelli, Andrew Carroll
Kodansha America, 1999 - 450 lappuses
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 ... Lasīt pilnu pārskatu

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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 ... Lasīt pilnu pārskatu

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Don P Halsey Extols the Virtues of Great Oratory
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Tammany Hall Politician George Washington Plunkitt Justifies
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W E B Du Bois Issues a Call to Arms to His Fellow African Americans
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The Reverend Reverdy Ransom on White Supremacy and an Upcoming
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Union Activist Rose Schneiderman on the Deaths of 146 Workers
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Carrie Chapman Catt Urges the U S Congress to Make One Last
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Ambassador James W Gerard Encourages German Americans to
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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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Wellesley Graduate Hillary Diane Rodham Defends Her Geneiations
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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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Walter W Waters Leader of the Bonus Expeditionary Forces Rallies
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Mary McLeod Bethune Commemorates the Sacrifices and Achievements
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Baseball Great Lou Gehrig Suffering from a Fatal Disease Thanks
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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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President Harry S Truman Defends Sending Troops to Korea
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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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Betty Friedan Explains Why the Feminist Movement Is Imperative
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TV Reporter Dorothy Fuldheim Who Covered the Kent State
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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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Native American Activist Leonard Peltier on Trial for Murder
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Nobel Laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer Reflects on the Role of Stories
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ElevenYearOld Ambassador of Peace Samantha Smith Shares
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Susan Baker of the PMRC Recommends Putting Warning Labels
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An Unrepentent Oliver North Defends His Role in the IranContra
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Patricia Godley a Former Drug Addict Stands Before a Town Hall
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Crackdown in Tiananmen Square China
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Judge Clarence Thomas Vehemently Denies Charges of Sexual
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The Reverend Cecil L Murray During the L A Riots Implores
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Barbra Streisand Defends the Role of the Artsand Actors
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The Reverend Billy Graham After the Oklahoma City Bombing Offers
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Defense Attorney Johnnie Cochran Enumerates the Reasons
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Bill Henderson Laments Societys Increasing Dependence
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Journalist Tom Brokaw Looks Back on the Triumphs and Turmoils
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SENATOR ROBERT TORRICELLI is a member of the Governmental Affairs Committee, Judiciary Committee, Rules Committee, and Foreign Relations Committee. He writes all of his own speeches.


ANDREW CARROLL is 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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