Sarah Brady: Background and Accomplishments (03:14)
After President Reagan's press secretary, James Brady, was shot, his wife, Sarah, became a gun control advocate and national spokeswoman. Her speech, a rhetorical highlight of the DNC, mixes humor, parallel structure, and use of statistics.
Sarah Brady: 1996 Speech to the DNC (12:49)
Sarah Brady addresses the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Husband James Brady makes a few brief remarks.
Colin Powell: Background and Accomplishments (02:34)
After Colin Powell's retirement from the military, he loomed as an important political figure. In this speech, he sought to put a moderate human face on the party while finding common ground and identifying with his fellow Republicans.
Colin Powell: 1996 Speech to the RNC (21:52)
Colin Powell addresses the Republican National Convention.
Ann Richards and Barbara Jordan: Background and Accomplishments (02:45)
Ann Richards and her friend Barbara Jordan were both popular liberal Texas Democrats, but their styles were different. Richards follows classic eulogy format of praise, lament, and consolation, but uses humor and anecdotes to personalize it.
Ann Richards: Eulogy for Barbara Jordan (08:42)
Ann Richards delivers a eulogy for her friend Barbara Jordan at her funeral in 1996.
Harry S. Truman: Background and Accomplishments (03:17)
Two of Harry S. Truman's most consequential decisions were the bombing of Hiroshima and the firing of General Douglas MacArthur. His speeches use simple sentences conveying resolution and strength. He presents the facts, with little artifice.
Harry S. Truman: Announcing the Use of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, August 5, 1945 (03:12)
On August 6, 1945, aboard the U.S.S. Augusta, President Harry S. Truman announces that the United States has dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
Harry S. Truman: Relieving Douglas MacArthur of His Command (08:04)
Harry S. Truman announces the dismissal of Douglas MacArthur on April 11, 1951, in a speech outlining U.S. foreign policy regarding the Communist threat in Asia.
Ronald Reagan: Background (02:32)
By 1988, Ronald Reagan believed that with encouragement from the West the Soviet Union might transform itself into a democratic state. Speaking in his informal, sincere style, he uses stories and statistics. His purpose is clearly stated.
Ronald Reagan: 1988 Moscow University Speech (29:51)
Ronald Reagan addresses students at Moscow University.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 12: Sarah Brady, Colin Powell, Ann Richards, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan (00:16)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 12: Sarah Brady, Colin Powell, Ann Richards, Harry S. Truman, and Ronald Reagan
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