Nelson Mandela (03:00)
In February 1990, Mandela was released from jail. He worked with activists to fight apartheid and was arrested several times; he was sentenced to life in prison in 1962. Mandela eventually became South Africa's first black president.
Nelson Mandela: "Release from Prison" (25:07)
Mandela addresses a crowd outside of Cape Town's city hall after his release on February 11, 1990.
Barack Obama (02:40)
In December 2013, Obama addressed a crowd of over 80,000 people to eulogize Nelson Mandela; he followed the traditional Aristotelian ceremonial speech principle. Hear a comparison between Obama and Mandela.
Barack Obama: Nelson Mandela Eulogy (18:26)
Obama eulogizes Mandela before a crowd of over 80,000 people at FNB Stadium in December 2013.
Hillary Clinton (02:30)
In September 1995, Clinton attended the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in China; her speech was blacked out on Chinese television. She was the most politically active First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt. In the U.S., Clinton is controversial for her social and political activities.
Hillary Clinton: "Women’s Rights are Human Rights" (19:31)
Clinton speaks before the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in China on September 5, 1995.
Rand Paul (03:04)
In March 2014, Paul addressed the Conservative Political Action Committee. Paul graduated from Duke University in 1988 with a degree in ophthalmology; his political interests began in 1994. Paul helped form the Senate Tea Party Caucus and became further involved with the Republican Party.
Rand Paul: "Let Us All Stand Together" (18:13)
Paul addresses a wide target audience at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.
Sarah Palin (02:27)
Palin attended the Conservative Political Action Committee's national convention in 2014. Palin was born into a religious family in Sandpoint, Idaho. She studied at several universities, joined the Wasilla City Council, became mayor in 1996 and Alaska state governor in 2006; hear a list of accomplishments since then.
Sarah Palin: 2014 CPAC Keynote Address (33:30)
Palin uses parody and sarcasm during her speech at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (02:22)
Roosevelt had the flu and broadcast the 1944 State of the Union speech over the radio. He wanted to continue his progressive domestic agenda. FDR highlighted four freedoms in his 1941 address; he wanted to expand on the freedom from want with a second bill of rights.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: "Second Bill of Rights" (01:51)
See archival footage of FDR's 1944 State of the Union Address. The speech in its entirety was broadcast over radio; only the Second Bill of Rights portion was filmed.
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