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Voices of Democracy Journal Volume 9

Clarence Darrow, “Plea for Leopold and Loeb” (22, 23, and 25 August, 1924)

Rohini S. Singh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

pp. 1-22


John F. Kennedy, “Address: ‘The President And The Press” (27 April 1961)

Amy L. Heyse, California State University, Long Beach

Katie L. Gibson, Colorado State University

pp. 23-40


Lyndon Baines Johnson, “Withdrawl Speech” (March 31, 1968)

David Zarefsky, Northwestern University

pp. 41-55