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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 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 Barack Obama
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Major Speeches of Barack Obama from the Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech up to his major Presidential speeches.

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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 Abraham Lincoln
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"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation...

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by Ronald Reagan
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"This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government..."

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by Barack Obama
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"With eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."

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by John F. Kennedy
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"We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom..."

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by Jim Valvano
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"I know, I gotta go, I gotta go, and I got one last thing and I said it before, and I'm gonna say it again: Cancer can take away all my physical ability. It cannot touch my mind; it cannot touch my heart; and it cannot touch my soul."

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by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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"We have placed too much hope in political and social reforms, only to find out that we were being deprived of our most precious possession: our spiritual life..."

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by Winston Churchill
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"I can therefore allow my mind, with the experience of a lifetime, to play over the problems which beset us on the morrow of our absolute victory in arms, and to try to make sure with what strength I have that what has been gained with so much sacrifice and suffering shall be preserved for the future glory and safety of mankind."

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