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Giving and Writing Speeches
How to Write a Speech
From About.com.
Class Presentations: How to Speak in Class
From About.com.
Writing with Writers: Speech Writing
Tips from Scholastic.

Historic Speeches
American Rhetoric
Includes an Online Speech Bank containing text for over 5,000 speeches (many with audio/video), a "Top 100 Speeches" list, and a "Speech of the Week." Please be aware of the extensive advertising throughout the American Rhetoric website.
Gifts of Speech: Women's Speeches from Around the World
"Gifts of Speech is a non-profit project, sponsored by Sweet Briar College, dedicated to preserving and creating access to speeches by inspirational, influential and contemporary women from around the world." Text only. Includes Nobel Laureate lectures.
Nobel Peace Prize Speeches and Lectures
Transcripts of the Nobel Peace Prize Introductions and the Winners' acceptance lectures from 1997 to the present. Select a person then click the "Presentation Speech" link on the right side of that person's page.
Notable Speeches and Letters by African Americans, From Benjamin Banneker to Barack Obama
From Factmonster.com.
Notable Speeches and Addresses by U.S. Women, 1849 - present
From Factmonster.com.
Say It Plain: A Century of Great African American Speeches
From American RadioWorks this website has audio and transcripts of speeches given by Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Barbara Jordan, Shirley Chisholm, Jesse Jackson, Barack Obama and others.

Speeches by U.S. Presidents
Famous Presidential Speeches
Includes: George Washington's First Inaugural Address and Farewell Address, James Monroe's State of the Nation Address and Proclaiming the Monroe Doctrine, Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural Address, Theodore Roosevelt's "The Man with the Muck Rake" Speech, Woodrow Wilson's War Message and Advising Congress to Declare War on Germany, Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Fireside Chat / Third Inaugural Address / War Message / Asking Congress to Declare War on Japan, Harry Truman's Farewell Address, John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address, Lyndon Johnson's State of the Union Address and Proposing the "Great Society" Program, Richard Nixon's Resignation Speech, Ronald Reagan's Inaugural Address, George H. W. Bush's State of the Union Address and "Envisioning One Thousand Points of Light," William Clinton's Inaugural Address, George W. Bush's Address to Congress and the American People. From Infoplease.com.
Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speeches
From the American Presidency Project.
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 full audio. Recently we have expanded our collection to include video speeches from President John F. Kennedy through President Barack Obama."
State of the Union Speeches
Video and transcripts of America Presidents back to Truman (videos back to Nixon). From C-SPAN.
The White House Briefing Room
Speeches, statements, press briefings, televised appearances, and videos from the U.S. President and members of his administration.

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