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Advice for public speaking
Examples of speeches
TED Talks: Ideas Worth Spreading
Presentations by modern scholars, artists, innovators, business leaders, and more with video and transcripts.
Famous Speeches in History
From History Channel: audio and video (when available) of presidential, war, civil rights, sports, and space exploration speeches.
The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever
Compiled by NPR: links to text and (when available) video of over 300 university graduation speeches by authors, politicians, entertainers, and others.
Say It Plain, Say It Loud: A Century of Great African American Speeches
From American Public Media: streaming audio and transcripts of speeches by African-American activists and public figures from Booker T. Washington (1895) to Barack Obama.
American Rhetoric: Top 100 Speeches
Audio, video, and/or transcripts of 100 famous speeches by Americans.
Gifts of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World
Compiled by Sweet Briar College Library: text of women's speeches from 1848 to 2010.
Films on Demand
Search for speech AND wpa to watch or hear famous 20th-century political speeches.
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