Franklin D. Roosevelt: First Inaugural Address (20:42)
Roosevelt's March 4, 1933 speech forges a rhetorical response that turns people's fears into determination. His aim is to relieve a general feeling of helplessness among Americans. Events, speech craftsmanship, and oratorical style make this one of the most important rhetorical documents in American history.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Declaration of War Speech (07:30)
On December 7, 1941, Roosevelt employs forceful delivery, and strong, descriptive style to hammer his enemies and rally his people. "...a date which will live in infamy..." is one long-lived phrase from this speech.
Lyndon B. Johnson: Voting Rights Act (47:28)
On March 15, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson calls forth the outrage of a nation and the lessons of history, he uses television to press accountability on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. His speech parades a number of appeals to influence Congress and reaches a climax with his personal experiences as a teacher.
Great Communicator's Speech: Challenger Disaster (06:04)
On January 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan addresses the nation. Because there was a school teacher on board the Challenger and many school children watched the events, Reagan takes particular care to comfort young people. He seeks to console and find meaning in the tragic events.
Robert F. Kennedy: Extemporaneous Eulogy (06:08)
The structure of the eulogy has been passed down from the ancient Greeks: praise, lament, and consolation. Upon the assassination of Martin Luther King, Robert F. Kennedy delivers the eulogy. He follows the classic structure and calls for peace and not revenge.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 5: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and Robert F. Kennedy (00:08)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 5: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan, and Robert F. Kennedy
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