Considerations in Selecting Topics
VOD publishes authenticated texts, original scholarly essays, and teaching/learning materials relating to:
- Speakers who, by exercising their right to speak out, made a difference, worked to resolve social and political controversies in U.S. history, and/or helped shape the nation’s values and cultural identity.
- Speeches that are well-known—the canon of “great speeches” in U.S. history—as well as lesser-known speeches and debates that are historically significant and/or rhetorically instructive.
- Speeches and debates that illuminate not only deliberative themes and rhetorical principles, but also significant events and eras in U.S. history.
- Speakers and speeches that address issues which continue to offer insight into contemporary controversies and problems.
- Speakers and speeches that accentuate the contemporary relevance of America’s tradition of democratic deliberation and help the next generation acquire the practical skills and the cultural knowledge necessary for engaged citizenship.
- Speakers and speeches that represent the diversity of issues, thoughts, and experiences of the U.S. context, past and present.