- Alyssa Samek examines Frances “Fanny” Wright’s 1828 Fourth of July oration in New Harmony, Indiana
- Sojourner Truth’s famous speech to the Woman’s Rights convention in 1851 is explored by Michael Phillips-Anderson
- Eric C. Miller explores Patrick Buchanan’s “Culture War” speech from the 1992 Republican National Convention
- Obama at Notre Dame is the subject of Craig Rood’s study
The Voices of Democracy project is designed to promote the study of great speeches and public debates. The emphasis of the project is on the actual words of those who, throughout American history, have defined the country’s guiding principles, debated the great social and political controversies of the nation’s history, and shaped the identity and character of the American people. In the process of reinvigorating the humanistic study of U.S. oratory, the Voices of Democracy project aims to foster understanding of the nation’s principles and history and to promote civic engagement among humanities students, teachers, and scholars.
VOD is an online resource for curricular materials organized around seven deliberative themes: Citizenship & Civic Identity ¦ Civil Rights ¦ Freedom of Speech ¦ Religion & Morality in Public Life ¦ Social & Economic Justice ¦ U.S. Internationalism ¦ War & Peace
VOD also publishes an online, refereed, blind-reviewed journal. Seven volumes of the VOD Journal are currently available: Volume 1 (2006) ¦ Volume 2 (2007) ¦ Volume 3 (2008) ¦ Volume 4 (2009) ¦ Volume 5 (2010) ¦ Volume 6 (2011) ¦ Volume 7 (2012)