Archive for Speeches

Online Primary Sources for American History: Presidential Inaugural Speeches

A brief overview of this event is given by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies. This site presents a chronological listing of all the speeches in full text from George Washington to the present; in addition, it gives the wordage of each speech. The shortest speech?  Washington’s second inaugural speech. The longest was William Henry Harrison’s speech at over 8000 words. (BTW, delivered outdoors in a snowstorm, the speech lasted longer than an hour and a half. Harrison died a month later from pneumonia.)

 

 

 

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President-elect Trump’s News Conference

Starts at 11am today and can be found here.

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President Obama’s Farewell Address

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Major Speeches for Tuesday, July 12, 2016

There were three major speeches yesterday (technically, there were two, the other important event was testimony before a Congressional committee). President Obama delivered a speech at the memorial service for the slain Dallas police officers, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch testified before the House Judiciary Committee.

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Commencement Speeches by U.S.Government Officials

From presidents to legislators to judges, this C-SPAN site contains over 700 speeches dating back to 1963.

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Speeches by Fidel Castro, 1959-1996

The speeches have been translated into English. It is not a collection of every speech he gave, but a great many (hundreds) are included in this resource.

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Online Reference Guide to African American History

This site, guided by an academic board of advisers, presents a plethora of high-quality entries. From a biographical encyclopedia (the articles contain links) to primary sources to major speeches, this online guide is a valuable resource spanning centuries of history. The interface is easy to use, the data is up-to-date (including 2015 speeches by President Obama), and information is presented on both the famous as well as not-so-famous figures in African American history. There are so many additional features accompanying this site that all we can say is dive in and lose yourself!

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