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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 College students

Web Site Links    

Full-Text Speeches [print]

Gifts of Speech -- Women's Speeches from Around the World     http://gos.sbc.edu/
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     http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/previous.htm
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 clips.

Presidential Rhetoric.com     http://www.presidentialrhetoric.com/historicspeeches/index.html
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     http://www.sojust.net/speeches.html
This site contains full-text speeches of speakers such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Sojourner Truth, etc.

A Tribute to Barbara Jordan     http://www.elf.net/bjordan/
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 National Convention.

Index Sites Containing Audio and Full-Text

American Rhetoric   http://www.americanrhetoric.com
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 Speech Bank     http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speechbank.htm
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 site.

History and Politics Out Loud     http://www.hpol.org
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.

History Channel.com - -Speeches     http://www.history.com/media.do?action=listing&sortBy=1&sortOrder=A&topic=GREAT%20SPEECHES
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.

Reference Books

American orators of the twentieth century : critical studies and sources
Call number: Ref PN4193.P6A44 1987

Lend me your ears: great speeches in history
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

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 provides online access to full-text articles through our online databases - http;//library.riohondo.edu/online_databases.  Please note:  you must be a Rio Hondo College student, faculty, staff or board member to use these services.

The 1 sample search below are from the ProQuest database. 
Use Advanced Search and type each tern in a separate box:

    1.  SUB(speeches) AND AT(speech)

Researched and evaluated by:
D. Yashar, Librarian 9/1999
last update: M. Delatte, Librarian 12/2009

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