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Why was the Gettysburg Address so effective? Lincoln USA
 
Introduction and conclusion Martin Luther King Dream Canada
 
Song praising Churchill Churchill USA
 
Analyze the speech Kennedy USA
 
Permission to use speeches General USA
 
Bush will lose GW Bush USA
 
What kind of effect did this speech have? Kennedy USA
 
How was leadership demonstrated? Kennedy USA
 
Did JFK write famous line? Kennedy USA
 
What is the central idea of the speech? Kennedy USA
 
Did Martin Luther King's dreams come true? Martin Luther King Dream USA
 
Wants to play speech to class Churchill Singapore
 
Wants source of quote Churchill USA
 
Who wrote this speech? Clinton USA
 
Why no speeches by Malcolm X? General USA
 

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Lincoln

Why was the Gettysburg Address so effective?

December 13, 2004

Question

Why was the Gettysburg Address so effective?

- USA (5327)

Answer

For a short speech, it got to the point and made people think. It also was somewhat poetic in its rhythm.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Introduction and conclusion

October 24, 2004

Question

How do you think the introduction and conclusion in the speech, it is effectiveness?

rao - Canada (4781)

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The introduction gets people's interest and the conclusion wraps things up. It goes full circle. Usually the conclusion is very dramatic.

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Churchill

Song praising Churchill

October 11, 2004

Question

Doubtless the song for which the verse praising Churchill was composed was "Now Praise We Great and Famous Men." The text (with a typo "mad" for "made") can be found at http://www.hibbert-assembly.org.uk/Priestley/praisewe.htm

Jack - USA (4611)

Answer

Thanks for the information. We will post your answer in the feedback.

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Kennedy

Analyze the speech

October 5, 2004

Question

i am in an adv writing course we are studyin famous speeches and with President Kennedy's Inaugural address i need to know what is being promised or asked for, and what kinds of appeals are being made.. any info would greatly be apprechiated.

k - USA (4534)

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You really have to read the speech and break it down sentence-by-sentence. His promises and appeals seem pretty obvious.

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General

Permission to use speeches

August 6, 2004

Question

Dear Sirs,
I teach a high school speech class of fourteen students. I would like permission to download some of your famous speeches and other speech materials and duplicate them for my class. My class will also be accessing your website from time to time to use materials on line. May I have this permission? Thanks.
William B. Watterson, Speech Teacher
Watauga High School
Boone, NC 28607

William - USA (3945)

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Yes, you have permission. We plan to add some more speeches soon.

The students can also use the Computerized Speech Writer at:
http://www.school-for-champions.com/speaking/autowrite.htm. It will give them a start at writing a short speech.

Best wishes with your classs.

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GW Bush

Bush will lose

July 30, 2004

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EVERY LIFE COUNTS- You are full of shit. What about you death row count? You are no Christian- you will loose and you are loosing Texas.

ra - USA (3887)

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If you want to rant, write to President Bush himself. This is an educational website and his speech is one example of public speaking among speeches by others for students to study and learn speaking style.

READ before you start blowing off steam.

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Kennedy

What kind of effect did this speech have?

April 28, 2004

Question

hi,
i am writing a rhetoric paper on JFK's speech, and i am really hung up on this question. What kind of effect did this speech have overall and were there constraints that could have hindered this speech in anyway? if you could please help me out on this i would really appreciate. thank you very much.

great website for research thanks

Matt - USA (3151)

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The idea of an inaugural speech--such as Kennedy's--is to give the country a plan for the next four years, as well as to inspire them. Often it is used to mend fences with political opponents, as well as to try to unify the country.

Kennedy was diplomatic in the wording he used. The goal is to be completely positive--which can be considered a constraint. One interesting constraint is time. The speech shouldn't be too long, so as to bore people. That was a mistake Clinton made in his first inaugural speech.

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Kennedy

How was leadership demonstrated?

April 27, 2004

Question

HI, I am doing a research on Jonh F. Kennedy's First Inaugural Speech. I was wondering how he demonstrated leadership in the speech? Also, how would I discuss the substance and moral meaning of the speech, the intent of the speaker, including the historical context, the use of religion, and the rhetorical style.
SORRY I have so many questions.
I hope you can help me out ASAP! thank you sooo much

Loraine - USA (3133)

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The fact that he laid out a plan of action for his adminstration was the sign of leadership. Comments like: "To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge--to convert our good words into good deeds--in a new alliance for progress--to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty" show the morality of helping others.

You can read the speech carefully to answer your other questions.

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Kennedy

Did JFK write famous line?

April 19, 2004

Question

I'm currently enrolled in a class that focuses on histroical American speechs. In this class my professor said that the famous "Ask not what your country can do for you" line was written by one of Kennedy's speech writers. Do you know if that is accurate? I'm also analyzing Kennedy's Inaugural Address for this class, is there a good site to go to for research sources. Thank You.

- USA (3060)

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On the reader comments from that speech, there was the question if that quote came from Oliver Wendal Holmes. Speech writer Ted Sorenson stated in his book on the Kennedy years that the President was the sole architect of the speech.

There are so many resources on the speech that it is difficult to pick one for your needs.

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Kennedy

What is the central idea of the speech?

April 10, 2004

Question

This was a great help to me in my study of John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address.
I was just wondering what the thesis statement or central idea of the speech was. Also was the audience specifically the the U.S. or all the Nations of the world?

Misty - USA (2970)

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The inaugural address is the statement of the beginning of a political administration. It is aimed at the U.S. public and members of Congress. It may be boradcast in some other countries, but it is just usually summarized in the press.

His first paragraph summarizes the thesis of the talk. It is not necessarily a celebration of victory, but rather a vision he has for the work he will do during his term in office. It ia also a call for others to help achieve his goals.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Did Martin Luther King's dreams come true?

March 29, 2004

Question

Did all Martin Luther Kings Dreams come true. I am doing a report and can't find anything that says they have. Everything seems to jump that part.

Sara - USA (2857)

Answer

Although his marches forced Civil Rights legislation to give Blacks equal rights, his dream of people living in harmony has not yet happened.

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Churchill

Wants to play speech to class

March 29, 2004

Question

Hi, I will be teaching some 16 year old students on speech writing and found your website very useful. I would like to play them an audio recording of Winston Churchill's "Never Give Up" speech so that they can have a better understanding and also be inspired. Unfortunately, my classroom does not have an internet connection and I can only play it locally from my notebook. Is there any possibility for me to download the audio recording?

Thank you.

Serene - Singapore (2868)

Answer

I would suggest playing the speech and taping it with a tape recorder.

The resource links to http://www.earthstation1.com/Churchillia/wc411029.ram. You can try to download it, but I'm not sure how well that will work.

Best wishes with your class.

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Churchill

Wants source of quote

March 21, 2004

Question

What is the source of Winston Churchill's quote, "History will be kind to me for I intend to write it?"

- USA (2779)

Answer

Sorry, I don't have a source for that quote.

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Clinton

Who wrote this speech?

March 15, 2004

Question

Could you please tell me who wrote or assisted in the writing of this speech?

Karen - USA (2718)

Answer

Clinton wrote most of his speeches, with help from Jeff Shesol, George Stephanopoulis and Jonathan Prince. It is not clear if any of them helped in this speech.

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General

Why no speeches by Malcolm X?

March 13, 2004

Question

why isn't there a speech up there by malcolm x?

lashanda - USA (2694)

Answer

The speeches by Malcolm X certainly were influential, but they were usually to a select audience, so many were not publicized to the press.

But that is a good idea, and we'll try to add some speeches from him soon.

To hear some of his speeches, go to http://www.webcorp.com/civilrights/malcolm.htm

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