Journal

journal-mockupVoices of Democracy publishes original scholarship focusing on the study of U.S. oratory. All published essays are accompanied by an authenticated text of the speech, teaching and learning materials for use in the classroom, an extended list of resources, both online and offline, and individual technical specifications. See Guidelines for Unit Preparation.

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Voices of Democracy is edited by Shawn J. Parry-Giles and J. Michael Hogan. We are currently accepting submissions – please see Submission Information.

Volumes

VOD Journal-Volume 8

Volume 8 (2013) Horace Mann, “The Necessity of Education in a Republican Government,” (Fall 1839) Michael J. Steudeman, University of Maryland pp. 1-22 Steudeman Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “The Solitude of Self,” (18 January 1892) Lisa Shawn Hogan, Pennsylvania State University pp. 23-41 Hogan Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit […]

VOD Journal-Volume 6

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 […]

VOD Journal-Volume 5

Volume 5 (2010) Theodore Roosevelt: “Address of President Roosevelt at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Office Building of the House of Representatives Saturday, April 14, 1906 (The Man with the Muck-Rake)” (14 April 1906) Amy L. Heyse, California State University-Long Beach pp. 1-17 Heyse Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit John Lewis: “Speech […]

VOD Journal-Volume 4

Volume 4 (2009) Harry S. Truman: “Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine” (12 March 1947) Denise M. Bostdorff, The College of Wooster pp. 1-22 Bostdorff Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Paul Potter: “The Incredible War” (17 April 1965) Jeffrey P. Drury, Central Michigan University pp. 23-40 Drury Interpretive […]

VOD Journal-Volume 3

Volume 3 (2008) Theodore Roosevelt: “The Strenuous Life” (10 April 1899) Leroy G. Dorsey, Texas A&M University pp. 1-16 Dorsey Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Lyndon B. Johnson: “We Shall Overcome” (15 March 1965) Garth E. Pauley, Calvin College pp. 17-33 Pauley Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Kicking Bear: “Address at the Council […]

VOD Journal-Volume 2

Volume 2 (2007) Mabel Vernon: “The Picketing Campaign Nears Victory” (7 December 1917) Cheryl R. Jorgensen-Earp, Lynchburg College pp. 1-25 Jorgensen-Earp Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Ronald Reagan: “Address to the National Association of Evangelicals” (“Evil Empire Speech”) (8 March 1983) Paul Fessler, Dordt College pp. 26-49 Fessler Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit […]

VOD Journal-Volume 1

Volume 1 (2006) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “Religion and Race” (14 January 1963) Patricia Bizzell, College of the Holy Cross pp. 1-14 Bizzell Interpretive Essay (Heschel) [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Maria W. Miller Stewart: “Lecture Delivered at Franklin Hall” (21 September 1832) Cheryl R. Jorgensen-Earp, Lynchburg College pp. 15-42 Jorgensen-Earp Interpretive Essay (Stewart) [PDF] VOD […]

Authors

Heather Brook Adams

Voices of Democracy Volume 4 (2009) Eleanor Roosevelt: “Address By Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt—The Chicago Civil Liberties Committee” (14 March 1940) pp. 60-82 Adams Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Tim Barney

Voices of Democracy Volume 3 (2008) Adlai E. Stevenson: “A New America,” “Acceptance Address at the Democratic National Convention” (17 August 1956): pp. 182-204 Barney Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Patricia Bizzell

Voices of Democracy Volume 1 (2006) Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “Religion and Race” (14 January 1963) pp. 1-14 Bizzell Interpretive Essay (Heschel) [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Voices of Democracy Volume 2 (2007) William Apess: “Eulogy on King Philip” (26 January 1836) pp. 79-98 Bizzell Interpretive Essay (Apess) [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Diane M. Blair

Voices of Democracy Volume 3 (2008) Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm: “For the Equal Rights Amendment” (10 August 1970) pp. 50-62 Blair Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Jason Edward Black

Voices of Democracy Volume 3 (2008) Kicking Bear: “Address at the Council Meeting of the Hunkpapa Sioux,” Great Sioux Reservation (9 October 1890) pp. 34-49 Black Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit Voices of Democracy Volume 6 (2011) Harvey Milk, “You’ve Got to Have Hope,” 24 June 1977 Jason Edward Black & Charles E. Morris […]

Denise M. Bostdorff

Voices of Democracy Volume 4 (2009) Harry S. Truman: “Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: The Truman Doctrine” (12 March 1947) pp. 1-22 Bostdorff Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit