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  • 10 American Orators Who Aren't Abraham Lincoln

    Blog Post

    Many Americans have used oratory as a way to drive civic change. Learn about 10 change-makers whom you might not know about yet.

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    • Topic:  Oratory, Lincoln's Legacy
    • Type:  Readings, Speeches
    • Grades:  3-5, 6-8, 9-12
  • What to the Slave is Your Fourth of July? (Abridged)

    Fellow Citizens, I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. They were statesmen, patriots, and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources
  • I’ve Been to the Mountaintop (Abridged)

    Something is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. And wherever they are assembled today, the cry is always the same: “We want to be free.”

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources
  • The Struggle for Human Rights (Abridged)

    It seems to me there is a valid reason for taking the time today to think carefully and clearly on the subject of human rights, because in the acceptance and observance of these rights lies the root…of our chance of peace in the future…

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches
  • To George Washington from the Seneca Chiefs (Abridged)

    To the great Councillor of the thirteen fires,

    It may be very small in your ears, & we, therefore, entreat you to hearken with attention. For we are about to speak of things which are to us very great. When your army entered the Country of the Six Nations, we called you the Town-destroyer. When you gave us peace we called you father, because you promised to secure us in the possession of our Land.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources
  • Democracy for Me (Abridged)

    Democracy is for me a goal towards which our nation is marching. It is a dream and an ideal in whose ultimate realization we have a deep and abiding faith.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches
  • On Colonizing Education

    We know you highly esteem the kind of learning taught in these colleges. And the maintenance of our young men, while with you, would be very expensive to you. We’re convinced, therefore, that you mean to do us good by your proposal, and we thank you heartily. But you who are so wise must know that different nations have different conceptions of things. And you will not, therefore, take it amiss if our ideas of this kind of education happens not to be the same with yours.

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    • Topic:  Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources
  • The Gettysburg Address, 1863

    Abraham Lincoln Speech

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln spoke at the dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, after the Union armies defeated the Confederacy at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources
  • Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, 1865

    Abraham Lincoln Speech

    President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, during his second inauguration as President of the United States.

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources
  • Response to a Serenade, 1863

    Abraham Lincoln Speech

    President Abraham Lincoln made these informal remarks a few days after two important Union victories.

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    • Topic:  Abraham Lincoln, Oratory
    • Type:  Speeches, Primary Sources