Considerations for Unit Selection
- 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.
Copyright Issues in Unit Selection
- Speeches where copyright permission can be secured from the individual(s) or organization that owns copyright for posting the text on the project Web site.
- Inclusion of an official copyright statement reflective of the permission granted to post the speech(es) on the project Web site.
- The selection of speeches that can be authenticated and/or that raise interesting issues of textual authentication.
- Click here for basic information about U.S. copyright.
- Click here for a sample copyright permission letter.
Submission of Photographs & Audio-Visual Texts
- When possible, we encourage the submission of photograph(s) of the speaker to post on the Web site (a statement must accompany the photographs granting permission to post the photograph on the project Web site by the individual(s) or organization that owns copyright).
- When possible, we encourage the submission of the audio-video text to post on the Web site (a statement of permission must accompany the audio-video version of the speech that is acquired from the individual(s) or organization that owns copyright).
Guidelines for Unit Preparation—click here
- Complete units may be submitted electronically as five Word documents to Shawn J. Parry-Giles (#firstname.lastname@example.org). Submissions should also include a title page identifying the author(s) and specifying contact information. All author identifying information should be removed from the other unit documents.