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Sites That Contain Speeches
American President: Presidential Speech Archive
"The Scripps Library, through cooperation with various presidential libraries, has been collecting some of the most important presidential speeches in American history. These speeches all have transcripts, and some are available in their entirety in audio or video." From the Miller Center for Public Affairs at the University of Virginia.
Over 5,000 U.S. speeches in full text, streaming audio, or video. Includes "Top 100."
Castro Speech Data Base
Speeches (and other documents) by Fidel Castro, translated into English.
Selected sayings and speeches of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches From Around the World
"Dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by influential contemporary, women from around the world."
Hugh Hammond Bennett Speeches
Selected speeches from the "father of the soil and water conservation movement."
Inaugural Addresses on Bartleby
Bartleby includes inaugural addresses of all U.S. Presidents.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project
Under Advanced Search, type "King" in the Search by Author. Click Filter by Genre, choose Speech from the dropdown menu, and click Go.
Nazi Propaganda from the German Propaganda Archive
Translated full text of propaganda, including speeches by Nazi and East German leaders.
SoJust: Speeches on Social Justice
Speeches on social justice themes from the 19th and 20th centuries
To Find A Speech by a Specific Person
In the search space, type the name of the famous speaker you want in quotation marks (for example, "Helen Keller").
Add the word speech after the name:"helen keller" speeches
With any luck, you'll find one or more speeches in the results.
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