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 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 […]

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 […]

Authors

Steve Martin

Voices of Democracy Volume 8 (2014) John L. Lewis, “Speech at The Fifty-Fifth Annual Convention Of The American Federation Of Labor,” (16 October 1935) pp. 42-61 Martin 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

Craig Rood

Voices of Democracy Volume 7 (2012) Barack Obama, “University of Notre Dame Commencement Address,” (17 May 2009) pp. 60-75 Rood Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Eric C. Miller

Voices of Democracy Volume 7 (2012) Patrick Buchanan, “Culture War Speech: Address to the Republican National Convention,” (17 August 1992) pp. 47-59 Miller Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

Michael Phillips-Anderson

Voices of Democracy Volume 7 (2012) Sojourner Truth, “Address at the Woman’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio,” (29 May 1851) pp. 21-46 Phillips-Anderson Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit

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

Charles E. Morris III

Voices of Democracy Volume 6 (2011) Harvey Milk, “You’ve Got to Have Hope,” 24 June 1977 Jason Edward Black & Charles E. Morris III pp. 63-82 Black/Morris Interpretive Essay [PDF] VOD Teaching Unit