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SPCM200: Public Speaking

Library research support for SPCM200 students.

Example speeches

  • American Memory Collection. Library of Congress.
    Choose "audio" under "Refine your results" if you're looking for audio clips.
  • Commission Speeches and Public Statements. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
    Text of speeches 1929 to the present.
  • Federal Trade Commission. Speeches.
    Chronological from 1995 - present and by name of speaker.
  • Inaugural Addresses of the Presidents of the United States.
    George Washington to Donald Trump.
  • Political Speeches. Allan Louden. Political Communication. Communication Department. Wake Forest University.
    Links to collections of speeches. Includes some audio sites.
  • Presidential Speech Archive. Miller Center of Public Affairs. University of Virginia.
    Full text of selected U.S. presidential speeches from George Washington to the present. Audio available for some of the more recent ones.
  • Say It Plain—A Century of Great African American Speeches. American RadioWorks.
    Gives historical background and photograph along with the text of the speech.
  • Secretary of Defense Speeches Archive. U.S. Department of Defense.
    Speeches from 1995 onwards, month by month (not all months have a speech). Some are Q & A format. Current month included in archive.
  • Top 100 American Speeches of the 20th Century. University of Wisconsin, Madison
    "Compiled by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Texas A & M University, this list reflects the opinions of 137 leading scholars of American public address." Gives title or context, speaker, date, and place of speech.
  • Top 100 Speeches. American Rhetoric
    Mp3 player audio of the speeches--entire or excerpted.

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