Speech

A speech is a spoken address given to an audience that expresses the thoughts, ideas, or opinions of the speaker. Speeches may also include a call to action or attempts to energize listeners.

The First National Monument: Devils Tower

Devils Tower in Wyoming was named the first United States National Monument by President Theodore Roosevelt. His proclamation establishing the monument is below. —————————- BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. A PROCLAMATION. Whereas, It is provided by section two of the Act of Congress approved June 8,…

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

President Abraham Lincoln gave his most famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, on November 19, 1863. At that time, the U.S. was in the middle of the Civil War. Lincoln gave the speech at the dedication of a cemetery for the soldiers who had died during the Battle of Gettysburg. ————————…

John F. Kennedy: Why the Moon?

On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Rice University in Houston, Texas. His remarks are a continuation of a promise he made in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The promise was kept when on July 20,…

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Susan B. Anthony and the Right to Vote

On November 1872, women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony and almost 50 other women voted in Rochester, New York in the election for U.S. president. At the time, only men were allowed to vote in New York. Anthony was arrested for illegally voting. Before her case came to trial, she…

President Franklin D. Roosevelt: Date of Infamy

In 1941, World War II was raging in Europe, but the U.S. had not entered the war. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese aircraft and naval ships attacked the U.S. military at Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Over 2,400 people were killed, and the U.S. lost…

President Theodore Roosevelt’s 7th Annual Message to Congress

Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States, serving from 1901 to 1909. He was a enthusiastic outdoorsman and conservationist. Among the many accomplishments under his leadership was the establishment of the National Forest Service, the creation of five national parks and 150 national forests. Below is part…

President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech

John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as President on January 21, 1961.  At age 43, he was the youngest person to be elected President and the first President to be born in the 20th century. Below is part of his inaugural speech. —————————– We dare not forget today that we are…