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Shirley Chisholm's Presidential Announcement Speech Transcript
Shirley Chisholm, an African American woman, announces her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 1972.
Excerpt from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”
British Colonial Christian preacher, Jonathan Edwards, describes hell as a real place.
The Truman Doctrine Speech
President Harry S. Truman
President Truman asks the Congress for the resources to aid Greece and Turkey during the Cold War.
Speech to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists
In this speech, a lead scientist in the development of the atomic bomb speaks a few months after the bombing of two Japanese cities.
The Solitude of Self
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
In this speech, Elizabeth Cady Stanton discusses why women should have equal rights.
Ain't I a Woman?
Sojourner Truth speaks on women's rights at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in 1851.
Barack Obama’s Nobel Lecture
Barack Obama accepts the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.
Henry Adams’ Testimony Before Congress
Henry Adams describes his experiences working as a sharecropper to Congress.
The Gospel of Doubt
Casey Gerald discusses how moments of disappointment have helped him learn how to embrace doubt.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Nobel Acceptance Speech
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.
The New Era of Positive Psychology
Martin Seligman discusses the development of “positive psychology” and how people can lead happier lives.
Why I Love a Country That Once Betrayed Me
George Takei discusses his experiences being interned during WWII and his feelings about America today.
Let’s Teach for Mastery — Not Test Scores
Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, discusses the importance of mastery-based learning.
The Forgotten Man
President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt discusses the state of America’s economy in 1932.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Angela Lee Duckworth
Angela Lee Duckworth discusses the role that grit plays in success.
To the State Senate on Being Elected Its President
Calvin Coolidge addresses the Massachusetts Senate about what makes a successful government and society.
Remarks of Senator John F. Kennedy on Young People and International Service
John F. Kennedy
When he delivered this brief speech at University of Michigan in 1960, Kennedy shared his idea for the Peace Corps.
Jimmy Carter’s Nobel Lecture
Jimmy Carter accepts the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to international peace.
President Reagan's Speech at the Brandenburg Gate
President Ronald Reagan
President Ronald Reagan delivers this famous speech imploring General Secretary Gorbachev to take down the Berlin Wall and reunite Germany.