John F. Kennedy: Personal, Educational, and Political Background (02:44)
JFK was the youngest man ever to be elected the U.S. President. His inaugural address gave credence to his consideration as "one of the few outstanding speakers of our time." Learn how and why Kennedy's inaugural speech is memorable.
John F. Kennedy: Inaugural Address (14:06)
On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivers his first address to the country as its President.
Martin Luther King, Jr.: Moral Leader of Our Time (02:35)
On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers what many consider one of the greatest speeches in American history. We learn biographical information about Dr. King. His speech is overviewed here.
Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" Speech (16:34)
On August 28, 1963, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his "I Have a Dream" speech to 200,000 listeners.
Adolf Hitler: Personification of Evil (02:51)
Evil though he was, Adolf Hitler addressed gatherings of half a million people and through his rhetoric convinced them of his totally irrational views. Biographical history and his rise to power are included.
Adolf Hitler: Speech at Nuremburg (10:11)
In 1934 Adolf Hitler delivers a speech that evidences a transformation of his personality.
Douglas MacArthur: Greatest Actor of Them All? (02:09)
Douglas MacArthur, one of the most controversial figures of WWII, courted high drama, marking each occasion with rhetorical flourish. His military history is included.
Douglas MacArthur: Farewell Speech (36:50)
On April 19, 1951, MacArthur addresses a joint session of Congress. This speech, his farewell speech, includes the famous line "old soldiers never die, they just fade away."
President Franklin D, Roosevelt (02:17)
In an era of fast-moving and unsettling events,
FDR crafted speeches that established a personal rapport with his public. We learn biographical information about the man who served 4 terms as U.S. President.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's 1942 State of the Union Address (36:21)
On January 11, 1944, FDR delivers his State of the Union Address to Congress.
Barack Obama's First Inaugural Address (18:35)
On January 20, 2009 Barack Obama delivers his first inaugural address.
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