The following guide provides Web site links, a list of selected
books, and access to online periodical articles about this subject.
The Web site links have been researched, evaluated, and annotated by
Rio Hondo College Librarians. The Librarians have specifically
selected these Web sites to meet the research needs of Rio Hondo
version for printing
Web Site Links
Index Sites Containing Audio and Full-Text
Full-Text Speeches [print]
of Speech -- Women's Speeches from Around the World
Sweet Briar College maintains this site. The site can be searched by
speaker, by last name of speaker, and chronologically. The first
speech is from 1849 by Lucretia Mott; the last speech is from 1976
by Barbara Jordan. There is a large selection of women's speeches
from all over the world.
The History Place -- Great Speeches Collection
This site contains the transcripts of many modern speeches by
speakers like Susan B. Anthony, Nelson Mandela, Elizabeth Cady
Stanton, etc. A short description of the historical
significance of the speech is given. Some speeches have audio
This site contains full-text speeches of the Presidents, from
George Washington to George Bush. For instance, the section for
Woodrow Wilson's speeches includes his first inaugural, his war
message, and his League of Nations speech.
Social Justice Speeches -- EdChange -- Multicultural Pavilion
This site contains full-text speeches of speakers such as
Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton,
Sojourner Truth, etc.
Tribute to Barbara Jordan
The Elf Systems Corporation site includes a tribute to Barbara
Jordan. The site contains the full-text speeches of her
address to the Judiciary Committee considering the impeachment of
Richard Nixon, and her keynote speech at the 1976 Democratic
Containing Audio and Full-Text
This comprehensive Web site provides free access to a databank of
thousands of audio and video files of key American speeches,
speeches from films, political addresses, interviews and sermons.
The site also contains an extensive directory of links to newspaper,
magazines and research tools and a collection of scholarly essays on
political rhetoric. The Web site is indexed in SOSIG (Social Science
Information Gateway) and in the Scout Project - both indicators that
the site is academically sound!
American Rhetoric : Online
Another excellent site maintained by Northwestern State
University. Included are sites with full-text and audio samples; and women and
African-American speakers. It is in alphabetical order by
History and Politics Out Loud
This site is "funded by the National Endowment for the
Humanities in partnership with Michigan State University."
It contains 19 speakers including John Kennedy and Martin Luther
King. Audio is included for many of the speakers.
Channel.com - -Speeches
This site has 120 Real Audio complete speeches and audio
clips. There is a speech for the day and an archive of the other
speeches. African-American and women speakers are
included. Each speech has an
explanation of its place in history.
The following books can be located in the
Rio Hondo College Library.
American orators of the twentieth century : critical studies and
Call number: Ref PN4193.P6A44 1987
Lend me your ears: great speeches
Call number: Ref PN6122.L4 2004
The World's best orations
Call number: Ref PN6121.B85 1901a
Suggested Subject Headings
For additional titles on this topic at Rio Hondo, click on the
following Library of Congress subject headings:
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American
Use the box below to search for additional resources in Rio Hondo
The following media can be located in the Rio Hondo College Library,
to be viewed in the Library.
Great American speeches : 80 years of political oratory
Call number: Video 000609
Traces the history of visually recorded American oratory and
discusses the evolution of how, through technology, politicians
appear to the public. Each segment has narrative perspective and
visual clips which portray that historical era.
Great speeches. Volume III
Call number: Video 000170
Presents famous speeches, each with an introduction detailing the
time, place and events surrounding it.
The Rio Hondo College Library
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online databases. Please note: you must be a Rio Hondo College
student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.
The sample searches
and articles below are from the
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subject guide from an on-campus computer, simply click on the
links below. To gain access if you are at home or off-campus,
first click here:
https://rioweb.riohondo.edu/library/. Input your student
ID number and password [your birthdate]. You will see a
list of all the online databases to which you have access. Click on ProQuest and enter the database. You may conduct your own
searches at this point or come back to this subject guide and
click on any of the links below:
SUB(speeches) AND AT(speech)
Researched and evaluated by:
D. Yashar, Librarian 9/1999
last update: M. Delatte, Librarian 12/2009