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by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."

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by Frederick Douglass
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First published in 1845, the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass became Frederick Douglass's most well known work. It is as the name implies his autobiography.

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by Susan B. Anthony
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This speech, recited before court in 1873 is one of the greatest statements ever made on behalf of women's suffrage.

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by Newton Minow
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Newton Norman Minow (born January 17, 1926) is an American attorney and former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. His speech referring to television as a "Vast Wasteland" is cited even as the speech approaches its 50th anniversary.

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by Patrick Henry
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On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry delivered a speech which supported military action against the British. This stirring speech swayed the vote and was most likely the deciding factor in committing Virginia troops to fight the British.

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by Steve Jobs
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"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards."

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by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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"And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!"

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by Solomon Northup
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Twelve Years a Slave is the memoir of a freeborn African American from New York who is kidnapped and sold into slavery.

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by George Washington
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In 1789 George Washington was elected unanimously by the Electoral College as the first president of the United States of America. He was inaugurated as president on April 30, 1789 and he delivered the first inaugural address at Federal Hall on Wall Street in New York City.

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by Thomas Paine
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Common Sense is perhaps the work single most responsible for the American Revolution.

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