Lech Walesa: Biography and Accomplishments (01:42)
Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa's rise from trade unionist to president of Poland is outlined, along with the history of the Solidarity movement. Here he speaks about the forces of good and evil in the world, and about fighting for freedom.
Lech Walesa: 1989 RFK Foundation Awards (07:34)
Lech Walesa gives a brief keynote address at the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation Awards. (In Polish, with English translation)
Jimmy Carter: Background and Accomplishments (02:26)
Jimmy Carter's lack of ties to Washington's power brokers hampered his effectiveness as president. His "Malaise Speech" chronicles the troubling events of the era. This honest, personal appeal alluded frequently to blood, sweat, and tears.
Jimmy Carter: The "Malaise Speech" (32:33)
President Jimmy Carter gives a televised address to the nation in July 1979, during the energy crisis.
George H.W. Bush: Background and Accomplishments (02:21)
George H.W. Bush wanted to rally the nation in support of Operation Desert Storm. Not known as a stirring speaker, Bush delivered a strongly patriotic message praised even by critics. He relies on antithesis to contrast the enemy with the allies.
George H.W. Bush: 1991 State of the Union Address Closing Remarks (14:36)
George H.W. Bush closes his State of the Union address with an appeal for support for the ongoing Gulf War.
Jesse Jackson: Background and Accomplishments (01:35)
After being passed over for the vice-presidential nomination in 1988, Jesse Jackson's speech to the DNC solidified his standing as a team player in the Democratic party. Martin Luther King's influence is clear in his use of metaphor and forceful delivery.
Jesse Jackson: 1988 DNC Speech (46:55)
Jesse Jackson addresses the 1988 Democratic National Convention.
Jerry Falwell: Background and Accomplishments (01:48)
Reverend Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority, was a powerful force within the conservative movement. A masterful persuasive speaker, his strong delivery used humor, analogy, command of facts, colorful and forceful language.
Jerry Falwell: 1985 Speech on U.S. Policy Toward South Africa (28:03)
Jerry Falwell speaks to the National Religious Broadcasters Association, focusing on U.S. foreign policy toward the apartheid-dominated South Africa.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 7: Lech Walesa, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Jesse Jackson, and Jerry Falwell (00:21)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 7: Lech Walesa, Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Jesse Jackson, and Jerry Falwell
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