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American Rhetoric

American Rhetoric is the Internet's leading resource for free downloadable and streaming audio of historical speeches. They feature over 100 original recordings of the greatest speeches delivered throughout the 20th century to the present day. Most of the speeches are political with multiple speeches by presidents such as John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard M. Nixon, and Ronald Reagan, along with speeches from orators like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Bono. Their site allows you to stream the speech or download it as an MP3, and also features a complete transcript of the text of the speech.


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by Ernest Hemingway
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"How simple the writing of literature would be if it were only necessary to write in another way what has been well written."

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by John F. Kennedy
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"I am telling you what you are entitled to know: As I come before you seeking your support for the most powerful office in the free world -- I am saying to you that my decisions on every public policy will be my own…"

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by Richard M. Nixon
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"Let me tell you something of the goals of this better America toward which we will strive."

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by Barry Goldwater
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"Extremism in the Defense of Liberty Is No Vice"

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by Jimmy Carter
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"The test of any government is not how popular it is with the powerful, but how honestly and fairly it deals with those who must depend on it."

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by Edward M. Kennedy
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"Our cause has been, since the days of Thomas Jefferson, the cause of the common man and the common woman."

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by Ronald Reagan
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"I will not stand by and watch this great country destroy itself under mediocre leadership..."

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by Jesse Jackson
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"From Fannie Lou Hamer in Atlantic City in 1964 to the Rainbow Coalition in San Francisco today; from the Atlantic to the Pacific, we have experienced pain but progress, as we ended American apartheid laws."

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by Mario Cuomo
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"A Tale of Two Cities"

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by Jesse Jackson
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"When I look out at this convention, I see the face of America: Red, Yellow, Brown, Black and White. We are all precious in God's sight -- the real rainbow coalition."

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