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.