American Rhetoric - Database of and index to 5000+ full text, audio and video versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two. Full text, audio, and video database of the 100 most significant American political speeches of the 20th century, according to 137 leading scholars of American public address, as compiled by Stephen E. Lucas (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Martin J. Medhurst (Baylor University). Full text, audio and video database of some 190 Hollywood movie speeches. See:
Commencements - C-SPAN video library of over 600 commencement programs and events.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Speeches - The father of the modern civil rights movement in the United States, Martin Luther King was born 15 January 1929 and died on 4 April 1968. Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he died when he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. These are some of Dr. Martin Luther King's most famous speeches.
Historical Voices - Housed at Michigan State University, Historical Voices is working with several partners to build collections, including the Chicago Historical Society; Northwestern University; University of Michigan, Flint; Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN), Dakar, Senegal; West African Research Center (WARC), Dakar, Senegal; University of Capetown, South Africa; University of the Western Cape, South Africa; and University of Durban, Westville, South Africa.
History and Politics Out Loud - Searchable archive of politically significant audio materials, including such gems as speeches from the 1964 Civil Rights March on Washington D.C. and the Nixon Watergate Tapes.
Lannan Audio Archives - You can find links here to all of the audio recordings available on the Lannan Foundation website. The archives contain audio files from the popular Readings & Conversations series, other public Lannan events from past years, as well as selections from the award-winning literary radio program "Bookworm" with Michael Silverblatt.
Pacifica Radio Archives - The Pacifica Radio Archives Collection of 50,000 plus audio tapes is the oldest collection of public radio programming the United States. The collection includes speeches, public affairs programs, documentaries, musical performances, commentaries and news coverages, some of which dates back as far as the 1950's. Programming formats include: documentaries, interviews, live performances of literary readings, comedy, drama, and music, news, oral histories, panel discussions, reports, speaker platforms, and more recently the radio magazine format.
People Speak, American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known [CD] - Dramatic readings by various artists of the voices of historical figures. Compiled by Howard Zinn. Here in their own words, and interwoven with commentary by Zinn, are Columbus on the Arawaks; Plough Jogger, a farmer and participant in Shays' Rebellion; Harriet Hanson, a Lowell mill worker; Frederick Douglass; Mark Twain; Mother Jones; Emma Goldman; Helen Keller; Eugene V. Debs; Langston Hughes; Genova Johnson Dollinger on a sit-down strike at General Motors in Flint, Michigan; an interrogation from a 1953 HUAC hearing; Fannie Lou Hamer, a sharecropper and member of the Freedom Democratic Party; Malcolm X; and James Lawrence Harrington, a Gulf War resister, among others.
The People Speak - Part 1 Intro
Excerpt From 'A People's History of The United States' (James Earl Jones)
Lowell Mill Girl
Women's Declaration of Rights
Frederick Douglass on John Brown
IWW & Lawrence Strike
The People Speak - Part 2 Intro
Sit-Down Strike at Flint
Fannie Lou Hamer
The Women's Movement
Gulf War Resister
Poverty In Our Time
Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Say It Plain - A century of great African American speeches.
Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University - Largest academic voice library in the nation. The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings, dating back to 1888. The collection includes the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Political and cultural leaders and minor players in the human drama are captured and cataloged to serve the research needs of a local, national and international user base. Clients include students and faculty of Michigan State University, other scholars and researchers, broadcasting networks, news agencies and film, video, and Web production companies.
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