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Alyssa Samek

Voices of Democracy Volume 7 (2012) Frances “Franny” Wright, “Address Delivered in the New Harmony Hall, At the Celebration of the Fourth of July,” (4 July 1828) pp. 1-20 Samek Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Jessica Sheffield

Voices of Democracy Volume 5 (2010) Theodore Roosevelt: “Conservation as a National Duty” (13 May 1908) pp. 89-108 Sheffield Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Bonnie J. Sierlecki

Voices of Democracy Volume 5 (2010) Gerald R. Ford: “Remarks on Signing a Proclamation Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon” (8 September 1974) pp. 72-88 Sierlecki Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Michael J. Steudeman

Voices of Democracy Volume 8 (2014) Horace Mann, “The Necessity of Education in a Republican Government,” (Fall 1839) pp. 1-22 Steudeman Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Bjørn F. Stillion Southard

Voices of Democracy Volume 1 (2006) Edward Everett: “Gettysburg Address” (19 November 1863) Abraham Lincoln: “Gettysburg Address” (19 November 1863) Bjørn F. Stillion Southard & Belinda A. Stillion Southard pp. 130-147 Stillion Southard/Stillion Southard Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit—Everett VOD Teaching Unit—Lincoln

Belinda A. Stillion Southard

Voices of Democracy Volume 1 (2006) Edward Everett: “Gettysburg Address” (19 November 1863) Abraham Lincoln: “Gettysburg Address” (19 November 1863) Bjørn F. Stillion Southard & Belinda A. Stillion Southard pp. 130-147 Stillion Southard/Stillion Southard Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit—Everett VOD Teaching Unit—Lincoln Voices of Democracy Volume 2 (2007) Elizabeth Cady Stanton: “Address on Woman’s […]

Sarah E. Spring

Voices of Democracy Volume 4 (2009) George W. Bush: “An Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People” (20 September 2001) Sarah E. Spring & Joseph Clayton Packer pp. 120-131 Spring/Packer Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Dave Tell

Voices of Democracy Volume 3 (2008) James McGreevey: “State House Confession” (12 August 2004) pp. 83-102 Tell Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Stephen Underhill

Voices of Democracy Volume 3 (2008) J. Edgar Hoover: “Speech Before the House Committee on Un-American Activities” (26 March 1947) pp. 139-161 Underhill Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Jill M. Weber

Voices of Democracy Volume 1 (2006) William Jefferson Clinton: “Racism in the United States” (16 October 1995) pp. 208-229 Weber Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Voices of Democracy Volume 2 (2007) Minister Louis Farrakhan: “Million Man March” (16 October 1995) pp. 170-188 Weber Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Voices of Democracy Volume 3 […]

The Importance of Delivery

While content is essential to an effective speech, delivery is what can take a speech from “good” to “great.” The smallest variations in timing, intonation, or gestures can greatly influence the meaning and impact of a speech, so it is important that we study and practice the art of delivery Voices of Democracy contains video […]

Harvey Milk’s “You’ve Got to Have Hope” and the Rhetoric of Gay Rights

The Sochi Winter Olympics have been surrounded by excitement and anticipation, but not all the press has been positive.  Russia’s controversial anti-gay laws have sparked debate, protest, and even violence within both Russia and the international community, even spurring some world leaders to boycott the games in Sochi. This is not the first time gay […]

Anniversary of LBJ Oratory: “Let Us Continue”

Fifty years ago this month, Lyndon B. Johnson delivered one of the most memorable speeches in American history. Just days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, he delivered a speech featured on Voices of Democracy: “Let Us Continue.” At times of crisis presidents often try to restore the people’s confidence and rally them […]

Campaign Speeches on VOD

With the campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney concluded, the campaign speechmaking ends as well. Campaign speechmaking as a separate or unique type of rhetoric is analyzed by some VOD contributors. Check out these units on specific campaign oratory: William Jennings Bryan on “Imperialism” in 1900 George H.W. Bush speaking at Penn State University […]

Abraham Lincoln Sesquicentennial

Just having marked the sesquicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address on March 4th and having recently celebrated the bicentennial of his birth, much consideration has been given to the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln. For those interested in learning more or in integrating some Lincoln materials into your rhetoric and public address courses, check out […]

JFK 50th Anniversary

Today marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. It also marks the anniversary of one of the most remarkable speeches in American history. For those celebrating this anniversary or teaching this speech, VOD‘s teaching unit on JFK’s Inaugural Address is worth a visit. There you will find the speech itself, teaching and learning […]

“A Whole Europe, A Free Europe”

On May 31, 1989 President George H.W. Bush delivered a major address on U.S. foreign policy, “A Whole Europe, A Free Europe.” In that speech, he described his vision of a free and unified Europe, one that would result in lasting peace in the region. More than twenty years later, we still have not realized […]

Teaching Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” Speech

Encouraging thoughtful discussion in the classroom can be challenging, but Voices of Democracy makes the task a little easier by providing instructors with discussion starters and additional classroom activities to use when teaching notable speeches form American history. For example, in honor of the sixtieth anniversary of Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace,” delivered before […]

VOD Journal-Volume 6 (2011)

Abraham Lincoln, “A House Divided,” (16 June 1858) David Zarefsky, Northwestern University pp. 1-20 Zarefsky Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Fannie Lou Hamer, “We’re On Our Way,” (September 1964) Davis W. Houck, Florida State University & Maegan Parker Brooks, Independent Scholar pp. 21-43 Houck/Brooks Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Cesar Chavez, “Nomination Address for Governor […]