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Voices of Democracy Journal Volume 13

Abraham Lincoln, “Speech of Hon. Abraham Lincoln at Cooper Institute, New York City” (27 February 1860)

Lauren P. Hunter, University of Maryland

pp. 1-12


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “How Long? Not Long” (25 March 1965)

Richard Emanuel, Alabama State University

pp. 13-23


Barack Obama, “Remarks by the President at a Memorial Service for the Victims of the Shooting in Tucson, Arizona” (12 January 2011)

Bess Myers, University of Oregon

pp. 24-36