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American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War (Library of America) Hardcover – October 5, 2006


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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Library of America; 1st edition (October 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931082979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931082976
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 5.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nobody knows more about the history of American political speeches than Ted Widmer. In this terrific two-volume set, he's compiled famous speeches that readers will recognize and relish and also has unearthed some lesser-known gems. American Speeches gives a comprehensive view of the arguments, passions, and philosophies that have shaped America -- from the time of our Founding Fathers to the present. These speeches are part of our national heritage, just as much as our Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They should be studied and celebrated! -- President Bill Clinton

About the Author

Ted Widmer, editor, is the Beatrice and Julio Mario Santo Domingo Director and Librarian of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University and the author of Martin Van Buren in The American Presidents Series and of Young America: The Flowering of Democracy in New York City. He was director of speechwriting at the National Security Council and a senior advisor to President Clinton from 1997 to 2001.

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The Library of America does many great things by publishing books that keep important American literature, history, and poetry in print in fine and reliable editions. This volume collects important political speeches (not papers, pamphlets, editorials, or anything other than political speeches) from 1761 through Lincoln's second inaugural address.

This is a fabulous resource to read these important speeches in their complete form (and some of them are astonishingly long (how many hours would it have taken to deliver them?) and most of them you will have known through excerpts and quotations. It is very different to read the entire speech and see the power of the rhetorical construction that these trained orators (for the most part) were able to achieve. Of course, for the great exception and contrast in this volume is the amazing and powerful speech by Sojourner Truth from 1851. There are also speeches by Frederick Douglass, Patrick Henry, Benjamin Franklin, Washington, Hancock, Hamilton, and dozens of others.

It is quite fascinating to follow the trajectory of the speeches from the Revolution leading up to the Civil War. The hardening of positions, the increasing stridency of the rhetoric, and the verbal animosity are frighteningly similar to aspects of our present political scene (if ours is not quite as eloquent, principled (for good or ill), or thoughtful). The volume presents speeches from the several positions held prior to the Civil War and it is quite important to see what people thought and said before the cataclysm. They are certainly different than the positions anyone held after the war. And nowadays we have simplified these ideas into bumper stickers of non-understanding.

So, get this book and take a slow journey of reading, meditation, and learning from these important statements from our history.

The back contains biographical notes about each of the speakers and notes on the text.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Strawgold VINE VOICE on June 12, 2008
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It's interesting to note (at least the way I felt it) that the most powerful of the orations came from the minds of the more deeply oppressed, like magma bubbling to the surface, pressure building until the volcano spilled forth in a torrent of brilliant, hot lava thoughts put into articulation the likes of which we haven't seen for decades. For those speeches coming from equally great men discussing ideals later - from the comfort of the knowledge that they could speak their minds in perfect safety - the words were less intense, less courageous, more matter-of-fact.

James Otis - a British Attorney who was to "argue for" enactment of the "Writs of Assistance" for England, interpretated them to be the perfect tools of oppression of the colonies - for, once in place, it provided unlimited "search power" to the British Gov. (The Writs of Assistance providing total power of search and seizure, with no "specific subject matter" needed for the searches, and no "expiration date" once issued. In an abrupt about-face, Otis launched an oration "against the writs" rather than "for them" that would jump-start the American Revolution from within that very courtroom. Thus, in a pointed reference to the King, the phrase "A Man's Home is his Castle" was coined. (page 541 in "The Adams Jefferson Letters" , John Adams remarked: 'Samuel Adams contribution to the Revolution is beyond all calculations; I know of but one Superior to him and that was James Otis'. "

Red Jacket - the keen intellectual prowess of the then-primitive American Indian comes across from that early day speech in a way that leaves little doubt to the reader about the absolute knowledge that the Chief possessed regarding his people's fate trying to "live in peace with his white brothers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on November 4, 2006
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The Library of America presents a two-volume set collecting 128 of the greatest and most pivotal speeches in American history, complete and unabridged. "American Speeches: Political Oratory from the Revolution to the Civil War" includes Patrick Henry's "liberty or death" speech, George Washington's appeal to mutinous officers, presidential inaugural addresses, Sojourner Truth's speech to Women's Rights Convention, Abraham Lincoln's address at Gettysburg, and much more. "American Speeches: Political Oratory from Abraham Lincoln to Bill Clinton" includes Abraham Lincoln's Speech on Reconstruction, presidential addresses, Woodrow Wilson's address to the Senate on the League of Nations, Franklin Roosevelt's address to Congress on war with Japan, Martin Luther King's nobel prize address, Ronald Regan's address to the nation on the Challenger disaster, and much more. Extensive biographical notes, notes on the texts, and an index round out each volume, and both come bound with an inset ribbon bookmark for easy page marking. The complete two-volume set deftly preserves the voices of key Americans throughout history, and is a "must-have" for both school and public library reference collections.
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By T. A. Voss on May 6, 2014
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This is a terrific anthology of speeches from America's past. I am using it every day now to create a new stage show of period actors.

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