HISTORY’S GREATEST SPEECHES

SPEECHES

Below are a collection of some of the greatest speeches in the last century or longer. Click the link to download the transcript and the speech itself.

John F. Kennedy Speeches

April 27, 1961 John F. Kennedy at Waldorf Astoria – Secret Societies Speech

September 25, 1961 John F. Kennedy’s World Vision– UN General Assembly

July 4, 1962 John F. Kennedy 4th of July — Independence Hall

September 12, 1962 John F. Kennedy Rice University– Space Travel Goals

October 22, 1962 John F. Kennedy Cuban Missile Crisis Speech to American People

May 18, 1963 John F. Kennedy Commencement Speech to Vanderbilt University

June 10, 1963 John F. Kennedy Peace Speech at American University

July 26, 1963 John F. Kennedy Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Speech to American People

JFK’S BEST SPEECHES ON VIDEO

PART 1               PART 2           PART 3

ROBERT F. KENNEDY

ROBERT F. KENNEDY GIVES IMPROMTU SPEECH TO MOSTLY BLACK AUDIENCE IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA FOLLOWING MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.’S ASSASSINATION 

*INDIANAPOLIS WAS THE ONLY MAJOR CITY WHERE THERE WERE NOT RIOTS ON THE NIGHT MLK jr.  WAS KILLED. MANY FEEL IT WAS RFK’s SPEECH THAT HELPED PREVENT RIOTS IN INDIANAPOLIS ON THIS NIGHT.

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.

 August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr’s — I have a Dream Speech

 MLK jr. SPEECHES ON VIDEO

PART 1                       PART 2

GERALD FORD 

GERALD FORD’S SPEECHES ON VIDEO

PART 1                    PART 2

RONALD REAGAN

SPEECHES ON VIDEO

PART 1              PART 2                 PART 3

CD: GREAT SPEECHES OF 20TH CENTURY

PART 1: POLITICAL ARENA

WILLIAM H. TAFT – The Farmer and the Republican Party
WOODROW WILSON – Address to the American Indians
TEDDY ROOSEVELT -Address to the Boys’ Progressive League
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT – Inaugural Address 
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT – Inaugural Address 
THOMAS E. DEWEY – Election Eve Campaign Speech
HARRY S. TRUMAN – Inaugural Address
RICHARD NIXON – Checkers Speech
ADLAI STEVENSON – Presidential Campaign Address
DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER – Republican Convention Address
KENNEDY VS. NIXON – Presidential Debate
BARRY GOLDWATER – Presidential Campaign Address
LYNDON B. JOHNSON – Address to the Nation
ROBERT F. KENNEDY – Presidential Campaign Address
RICHARD NIXON – Inaugural Address
SPIRO AGNEW – Resignation Address
RICHARD NIXON – Resignation Address
JIMMY CARTER – Democratic Convention Acceptance Speech
RONALD REAGAN – Inaugural Address
MARIO CUOMO – Keynote Address for Democratic Convention
JESSE JACKSON – Address to the Democratic Convention


VOL 2: THE CHANGING WORLD

LEN SPENCER – First Recorded Promotional Message on the Edison Phonograph
JAMES G. WATSON – The German Peril
JOHN J. BLACKJACK PERSHING – Address from France
CALVIN COOLIDGE & CHARLES LINDBERGH – Lindbergh’s Return to the United States
KING EDWARD VIII – Abdication Address
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN – On His Return from the Munich Conference
ADOLF HITLER – On the Occasion of Germany’s Occupation of the Sudetenland in
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN – Declaration of War With Germany
NEVILLE CHAMBERLAIN – First Radio Address as Prime Minister
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT – Declaration of War Against Japan
HARRY S. TRUMAN – The First Atomic Bomb Attack on Japan
GEN. DOUGLAS MACARTHUR – Address to Congress
JOHN FOSTER DULLES – On the Fall of Dien Bien Phu
RADIO MOSCOW – Announcement of the Launching of Sputnik
JOHN F. KENNEDY – The Cuban Missile Crisis
ADLAI STEVENSON – Confrontation over Presence of Russian Missles in Cuba
LYNDON B. JOHNSON – On Signing of the Civil Rights Bill
EDWARD TED KENNEDY – Eulogy for Robert F. Kennedy
RICHARD NIXON – The End of the Vietnam War
GEORGE HW. BUSH – The World Could Wait No Longer To Bomb Iraq 


VOL III:  DREAMS, INSPIRATIONS, & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

William Jennings Bryan – The Ideal Republic
Amelia Earhart – The Future of Women in Flying
Lou Gehrig – Farewell to Baseball
Winston Churchill – Address to the Nation on the R.A.F.
Princess Elizabeth_ Princess Margaret – Greetings to the Children of England
Babe Ruth – Farewell to Baseball
Casey Stengel – Address to Congress
Dwight D. Eisenhower – Farewell Address
John F. Kennedy – Inaugural Address
John Glenn – The First American in Earth Orbit
Martin Luther King, Jr. – Address to Civil Rights Marchers in Washington, D.C.
Frank Borman – Christmas Greeting from Space
Neil Armstrong – The Moon Landing
Hank Aaron – Address to Congress
Ronald Reagan – Address to the Nation on the Berlin Wall

VOL IV: THE BEST OF TIMES, THE WORST OF TIMES

Charles Lindbergh – Address on U.S. Neutrality
Joseph McCarthy – Address to the Chicago Irish Fellowship Club
Nikita Khrushchev; Richard Nixon – The Kitchen Debate
Alan Freed – Farewell to Fans (The Payola Scandal)
Richard Nixon – Concession Stand
Malcolm X – On Black Power
Jerry Rubin – Address to the Yippie Convention
Richard Daley – Press Conference on the Riots at the Democratic Convention
Spiro Agnew – Address on Vietnam War Protests
Gloria Steinem – Address to the Women of America
Oliver North – Testimony at the Iran-Contra Hearings


VIDEO OF SPEECHES

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