Speaker Bureau

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Sites Explanation of Resource
American Rhetoric
  • Index to and growing database of 5000+ full text, audio and video (streaming) versions of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, debates, interviews, other recorded media events, and a declaration or two.
  • 200+ short audio clips from well-known speeches, movies, sermons, popular songs, and sensational media events by famous (and infamous) politicians, actors, preachers, athletes, singers, and other noteworthy personalities
  • Full text and audio mp3 database of over 50 Hollywood movie speeches, as selected by audiences of American Rhetoric.
Emerson-Kent Comprehensive collection of speeches searchable in various categories, including by name, topic, time period, gender, etc.
Gift of Speech: Women’s Speeches from Around the World Over 100 speeches from women around the world are featured here.
Graduation Wisdom Read about how to construct a graduation speech and listen to some popular graduation speeches.
Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches American Radio Works presents transcripts and recordings of key African American speeches, including that of Barack Obama’s speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention.
History Channel.com More sample speeches from history, some sports related.
History and Politics Out Loud Listen to famous speeches from history. Speech transcripts are also provided.
The History Place Here you can listen or view selected speeches.
Political Speeches Wake Forest University presents a collection of political speeches and campaign rhetoric.
Social Justice This site features speeches about social justice, mostly dealing with multicultural issues and women’s rights.
Speeches of Martin Luther King A collection of Martin Luther King’s most famous speeches. All are full-length textual versions. I Have a Dream is also available in audio and video.
Top 100 American Speeches According to the site, “The following list ranks the top 100 American speeches of the 20th century as determined in a nationwide survey of 137 communication scholars, conducted by Stephen E. Lucas (University of Wisconsin) and Martin J. Medhurst (Texas A&M University). The speeches were rated on two criteria: rhetorical artistry and historical impact.”
University Libraries The University Libraries (University of Albany, State University of New York) provides a collection of resources, some of which are already included on this page.
Vincent Voice Library The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library (Michigan State University) is the largest academic voice library in the nation.
Vital Speeches of the Day According to the site, “Vital Speeches of the Day gives you an unbiased look at the most important speeches from today’s top speech givers. You’ll read the finest examples of rhetoric by those who have attained leadership in the fields of business, politics, education, government, and more.
Speeches that Changed the World This site  presents significant speeches that have altered history.

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Last Updated: 11/30/17