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Voices of Democracy Journal Volume 16: Rhetoric of Civil Rights Issue

Booker T. Washington, “Atlanta Exposition Address” (18 September 1895)

by Paul Stob, Vanderbilt University

pp. 1-15


John F. Kennedy, “Report to the American People on Civil Rights” (11 June 1963)

by Garth E. Pauley, Calvin University

pp. 16-31

Bob Moses, “Speech at Stanford University” (24 April 1964)

by Dean Delp, Erika LeFlouria, and Davis W. Houck, Florida State University

pp. 32-47