Bishop Fulton J. Sheen (02:13)
Sixty years ago, Bishop Sheen demonstrated sophisticated oratorical techniques. His television set was designed by professional set designers. He was the master of pauses, humor, dramatic body movements, and authenticity.
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: Dynamic Speaker (22:38)
Viewers watch the final episode of a 26-week season. He uses humor self-confidently. He uses a chalk board in an entertaining way. His topic in this segment is "The whole world is sick."
John F. Kennedy (01:44)
John F. Kennedy's speech in Berlin in 1963 would be the last significant one in his life. He let America's allies know that U.S. presence in Berlin would exist as long as it was desired and required.
John F. Kennedy in Berlin (08:53)
Kennedy's speech in Berlin in 1963 seems more extemporaneous than his earlier speeches. His skillful uses of rhetorical devices continue to strengthen Kennedy's mastery of oratorical skills.
Harry S. Truman: Biographical and Politcal Background (02:16)
At the DNC in 1948, there was little hope that Harry Truman would be re-elected as President. He launched the most aggressive campaign ever conducted by rail. In dress and manner and speech, Truman was "a common man."
Harry S. Truman: Whistlestop Speech (17:20)
On September 18, 1948, Truman speaks to an audience in Dexter, Iowa. His language is tough and "somewhat salty," His speech is geared to appeal to Iowa's farmers. He pits Democrats against the "reactionary" Republicans.
Ann Richards (01:57)
Richards was invited to give the DNC keynote in 1988 because she was already a gifted speaker and theTexas state treasurer. She began her political career as a county commissioner. In 1990 she became the governor of Texas.
Ann Richards: 1988 Keynote
In her keynote speech at the 1988 DNC, Ann Richards engages the audience with homey references and a passion for Democratic ideals. She draws names and anecdotes from the past and describes what happed to America during the Bush administration.
Stokely Carmichael: Black Power (01:49)
Viewers learn about Carmichael's involvement in the Black Power Movement. Free people, not free enterprise, was his doctrine. Carmichael's speech, uses antithesis to contrast the black and white perspective.
Stokely Carmichael: Confrontational Rhetoric (27:03)
Viewers learn that Carmichael's speech was assembled from archival film footage. The film in this program did not have the benefit of Carmichael's original speech. Carmichael uses audience participation in chants to form a common bond and to let people express themselves in a safe environment.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 8: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Ann Richards, and Stokely Carmichael (00:22)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 8: Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, John F. Kennedy, Harry S. Truman, Ann Richards, and Stokely Carmichael
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