The World's Great Speeches
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This outstanding compendium of 292 great speeches contains addresses from nearly every historical era and nation, from the formal orations of ancient Greece and the speeches of Julius Caesar, to modern-day addresses by Nelson Mandela, Ronald Regan and Václav Havel.
Among the memorable speeches included here are Pericles' funeral oration, St. Bernard's advocacy of the Second Crusade, William Jennings Bryan's "Cross of Gold" speech, Winston Churchill's "Blood, Sweat and Tears" address, Richard Nixon's speech to the astronauts on the moon, Malcolm X's address on the Black Revolution, and many more. Readers will also find time-honored declamations by St. Francis, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Napoleon, Victor Hugo, Leon Trotzky, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Dylan Thomas, Fulton J. Sheen, Adlai Stevenson, Walter Reuther, and many others-over 240 speakers in all.
For this newly updated edition, Stephen J. McKenna, Assistant Professor of English at The Catholic University of America, has added 14 important speeches delivered between 1974 and 1997. These new selections include Barbara Jordan's Opening Statement to the House Judiciary Committee for the Nixon Impeachment Proceedings (1974); Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Harvard Commencement Address (1978); Ronald Regan's First Inaugural Address (1981): Nelson Mandela's Address to a Rally in Cape Town on His Release from Prison (1990); Václav Havel's Address to a Joint Session of Congress (1990); the Earl of Spencer's Tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales (1997); and more.
Rich with drama of history, the speeches in this volume will serve you time and time again by suggesting provocative themes and historical parallels, and by providing apt quotations, important reference passages, and a wide range of other valuable material.
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  • Paperback | 944 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 44mm | 953g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Enlarged
  • 4th edition
  • 0486409031
  • 9780486409030
  • 156,761

Table of contents

PART I
GREAT SPEECHES OF EARLIER TIMES
I. Greece and Rome
PERICLES
Funeral Oration
SOCRATES
On His Condemnation to Death
ISOCRATES
On the Union of Greece to Resist Persia
DEMOSTHENES
On the Crown
The Second Oration Against Philip
"CATO, THE ELDER"
In Support fo the Oppian Law
HANNIBAL
To His Soldiers
CICERO
First Oration Against Catiline
The Fourth Philippic
CATILINE
To the Conspirators
To His Troops
JULIUS CAESAR
On the Treatment of the Conspirators
"CATO, THE YOUNGER"
The Catilinarian Conspirators
MARK ANTONY
Oration on the Dead Body of Julius Caesar
II. The European Continent
ST. BERNARD
A Second Crusade
ST. FRANCIS
Sermon to the Birds
MARTIN LUTHER
Before the Diet of Worms
JOHN CALVIN
On Suffering Persecution
FREDERICK THE GREAT
Before Invading Silesia
Before the Battle of Leuthen
DESMOULINS
Advocating the Execution of Louis XVI
MIRABEAU
Against the Charge of Treason
DANTON
"To Dare Again, Ever to Dare!"
"Let France Be Free!"
MARAT
Defense Against the Charges
ROBESPIERRE
The Festival of the Supreme Being
NAPOLEON BONAPARTE
At the Beginning of the Italian Campaign
On Entering Milan
On Beginning the Russian Campaign
Farewell to the Old Guard
CARNOT
Against Imperialism
VICTOR HUGO
Voltaire
GIUSEPPE MAZZINI
To the Young Men of Italy
GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI
To His Soldiers
CAVOUR
Rome and Italy
LOUIS KOSSUTH
America's Welcome
LEON GAMBETTA
To the Delegate from Alsace
EMILE ZOLA
Appeal for Dreyfus
LEO XIII
Christian Democracy
OTTO VON BISMARCK
War and Armaments in Europe
BETHMANN-HOLLWEG
Germany and the War
KAISER WILHELM II
Address to the German People
JEAN JAURÈS
Last Speech
RENÉ VIVIANI
The Spirit of France
CARDINAL MERCIER
Coronation Day Sermon
GEORGES CLEMENCEAU
One Aim: Victory
ALEXANDER KERENSKY
To Workingmen and Soldiers
LEON TROTZKY
To the Red Army
NIKOLAI LENIN
The Dictatorship of the Proletariat
MARSHAL FERDINAND FOCH
Napoleon
ARISTIDE BRIAND
Naval Disarmament
III. Great Britain and Ireland
OLIVER CROMWELL
On the Dissolution of Parliament
SIR ROBERT WALPOLE
On a Motion for His Removal
JOHN WESLEY
God's Love to Fallen Man
"WILLIAM PITT, EARL OF CHATHAM"
On the Right of Taxing America
EDMUND BURKE
Conciliation with America
Indictment of Warren Hastings
RICHARD BRINSLEY SHERIDAN
At the Trial of Warren Hastings
WILLIAM PITT
On His Refusal to Negotiate with Bonaparte
CHARLES JAMES FOX
On Refusal to Negotiate with Bonaparte
GEORGE CANNING
The Fall of Napoleon
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
On the Reform Bill
RICHARD COBDEN
The Effects of Protection on Agriculture
JOHN BRIGHT
"The "Trent" Affair"
BENJAMIN DISRAELI
Peace with Honor
WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE
On Domestic and Foreign Affairs
CARDINAL MANNING
Anti-Semitism
JOSEPH CHAMBERLAIN
The British Empire
EMMELINE PANKHURST
Militant Suffragists
SIR EDWARD GREY
England's Position
DAVID LLOYD GEORGE
An Appeal to the Nation
ARTHUR JAMES BALFOUR
The Fourth of July
JAMES RAMSAY MACDONALD
Peace
LADY ASTOR
Women in Politics
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
On His Seventieth Birthday
DANIEL O'CONNELL
Justice for Ireland
ROBERT EMMET
Protest Against Sentence as Traitor
CHARLES STEWART PARNELL
The Home Rule Bill
ARTHUR GRIFFITH
The Irish Free State
IV. The United States
JONATHAN EDWARDS
Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God
JOHN HANCOCK
The Boston Massacre
PATRICK HENRY
"Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death!"
SAMUEL ADAMS
American Independence
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
On the Faults of the Constitution
JAMES MADISON
The States and the Federal Government
JOHN MARSHALL
Justice and the Federal Constitution
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
The Federal Constitution
GEORGE WASHINGTON
Inaugural Address
Farewell Address
THOMAS JEFFERSON
First Inaugural Address
GOUVERNEUR MORRIS
Alexander Hamilton
AMERICAN INDIANS
Red Jacket
Tecumseh
EDWARD EVERETT
&
VII. Domestic Affairs in the United States
WILLIAM GREEN
Modern Trade Unionism
ALFRED E. SMITH
Religious Prejudice and Politics
FIORELLO H. LAGUARDIA
American Labor
CLARENCE S. DARROW
A Plea for Mercy
JOHN L. LEWIS
The Rights of Labor
WILLIAM ALLEN WHITE
Speaking for the Consumer
THOMAS E. DEWEY
Rendezvous with Despair
HERBERT HOOVER
The Bill of Rights
CHARLES EVANS HUGHES
Our Government
VIII. World Affairs and the Second World War
ANTHONY EDEN
A Firm Policy
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN
The Munich Agreement
WINSTON CHURCHILL
"Blood Sweat and Tears"
Dunkirk
"Their Finest Hour"
The War on Russia
Address before the United States Congress
CLEMENT R. ATTLEE
The Atlantic Charter
W. L. MACKENZIE KING
Canada and the War
EDOUARD DALADIER
Nazis' Aim Is Slavery
PAUL REYNAUD
France Will Live Again!
HENRI PHILIPE PÉTAIN
"I Need Your Confidence!"
EAMON DE VALERA
Ireland Among the Nations
MAXIM LITVINOV
The League of Nations
HAILE SELASSIE
The Position of Ethiopia
FREDERICO LAREDO BRU
United Hemisphere Defense
ADOLF HITLER
Germany's Claims
No More Territorial Demands
German Conquests
BENITO MUSSOLINI
A Call to Arms
Anniversary of Italy's Entry in the War
VYACHESLAV M. MOLOTOV
The Nazi War on Russia
JOSEPH STALIN
"Defend Every Inch of Soviet Soil!"
FUMIMARO KONOYE
The Triple Alliance
CHIANG KAI-SHEK
War Between Justice and Force
PRUS XII
Appeal for Peace
IX. The United States and the Second World War
FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT
First Inaugual Address
Hemisphere Defense for Democracy
"The Arsenal of Democracy"
Freedom of the Seas
For a Declaration of War Against Japan
American's Answer to Japan's Challenge
First War Address Before Congress
WENDALL L. WILLKIE
"Loyal Opposition"
American Liberty
CORDELL HULL
The Pillars of Enduring Peace
JAMES BRYANT CONANT
What are We Arming to Defend?
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH
An Independent Policy
HENRY L. STIMSON
A Grave Situation
HAROLD L. ICKES
What Constitutes an American
FRANK KNOX
We Must Fight for Our Liberties
FULTON J. SHEEN
The Cross and the Double Cross
DOROTHY THOMPSON
Hitler's Plans for Canada and the United States
HENRY A. WALLACE
America's Second Chance
NORMAN THOMAS
America and the War
PART III
GREAT SPEECHES OF THE MODERN PERIOD
X. United States Government
BERNARD MANNES BARUCH
Control of Atomic Weapons
HARRY S. TRUMAN
Inaugural Address
Powers of the President
DOUGLAS MACARTHUR
Old Soldiers Never Die
ADLAI EWING STEVENSON
Acceptance of Nomination
United States Far Eastern Policy
DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER
Inaugural Address
Peaceful Use of Atomic Energy
The Spirit of Geneva
EARL WARREN
A Home for American Jurisprudence
XI. International Affairs and the United Nations
WINSTON CHURCHILL
An Iron Curtain Has Descended
JAWAHARLAL NEHRU
Asia Finds Herself Again
A Glory Has Departed
OSWALDO ARANHA
A New Order Through the United States
PIERRE MENDÈS-FRANCE
The Search for International Cooperation
DAG HAMMARSKJOLD
Values of Nationalism and Internationalism
NICKOLAI ALEKSANDROVICH BULGANIN
The Lessening of International Tension
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
On Architecture
ALBERT EINSTEIN
Peace in the Atomic Age
WILLIAM FAULKNER
Acceptance of the Nobel Prize
DYLAN THOMAS
A Visit to America
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
The United Nations as a Bridge
J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER
Prospect in the Arts and Sciences
WALTER PHILIP REUTHER
A Historical Agreement
ADLAI EWING STEVENSON
To the Graduating Class at Smith College
PART IV
INFORMAL SPEECHES
XII. Informal Speeches
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
The Memory of Burns
CHARLES DICKENS
English Friendship for America
JULIA WARD HOWE
A Tribute to Oliver Wendell Holmes
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL
After-Dinner Oratory
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
Dorothy Q
HENRY MORTON STANLEY
Through the Dark Continent
HENRY WARD BEECHER
Merchants and Ministers
CHAUNCEY MITCHELL DEPEW
Woman
JOSEPH HODGES CHOATE
The Bench and the Bar
GEORGE GRAHAM VEST
A Tribute to the Dog
HORACE PORTER
Woman!
THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY
Science and Art
CARL SCHURZ
The Old World and the
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