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Chicken speech Churchill
What is the table of brotherhood? Martin Luther King Dream USA
Would it encourage us today? Martin Luther King Dream USA
Know speech by heart Kennedy
How long was speech? GW Bush
Did Kennedy use quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes? Kennedy
Who wrote Bush's speeches? GW Bush
Need info on rhetorics Kennedy

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Chicken speech

April 7, 2003


I am looking for one of Churchill's speeches that has the quote: "In three weeks England will have her neck wrung like a chicken. Some Chicken. Some neck"

According to the oxford book of quotations it is from a speech to the Canadian Parliment, 30 December 1941. But I cannot find any reference to the speech on the net of in the Public library (Dunedin NZ)!

I was woundering if you had and idea where I could find a copy of the complete speech!
Your help would be greatly appretiated!!!!

Rachel Stockwell
New Zealand

Rachel - (95)


You might check to hear an audio of that speech.

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Martin Luther King Dream

What is the table of brotherhood?

February 17, 2003


What do you think Martin Luther King meant by the "table of brotherhood" in his speech?

Philly - USA (2112)


He is using a poetic image of the children of slaves and of slaveholders sitting together at a table. But the table represents brotherhood, such that they will act as if they are in the same organization or family.

That is why his speech is so powerful - the images and words he use create such pictures and have such meaning.

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Martin Luther King Dream

Would it encourage us today?

November 29, 2002


Do you think that Martin's speech was a product of it time and therefore, would it have encouraged us 2002 to fight for the cause without violence?

- USA (2113)


King stated his dream of a future without prejudice. It could inspire others to have that same dream. I don't believe he ever stated whether that effort should be non-violent or not, but he certainly represented the non-violent approach. It is difficult to achieve harmony though violence.

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Know speech by heart

March 28, 2002


I know this great speech by heart, and am proud to be able to recite it to anyone who is interested in hearing it. I consider Kennedy's inaugural address to be the greatest speech ever delivered by a United States citizen, better than ML King's famous speech, and even the Gettysburg Address.

John - (2117)


Thanks for your feedback.

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GW Bush

How long was speech?

October 31, 2001


I found your article both fascinating and informative. I was wondering if you knew how long President Bush's State of the Union was? Thanks.

AKL - (2119)


Sorry, I really don't know how long it was.

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Did Kennedy use quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes?

October 30, 2001


Did the quote, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country," come from a speech made by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes?

Lyletta - (2116)


John F. Kennedy was influenced by Holmes, but I've never seen that quote mentioned as coming from Holmes. That is not to say he didn't say it, since he gave a fair number of speeches.

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GW Bush

Who wrote Bush's speeches?

October 5, 2001


Do you know who wrote George W. Bush's speeches on Sept 13 and Sept 20?

Vicki - (2120)


President Bush's chief speech writer is Michael Gerson. He has a staff of several other writers who help out. I'm sure Bush provides the concept and tone of what he wants to say.

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Need info on rhetorics

March 19, 2001


I just found your web page and i was wondering if you could give me a little bit of help. I am doing a paper on the rhetorics of JFK's inaugural address. You said to look for the emotional appeal... I am having trouble with this and i was wondering if you could point out some of the emotional appeals in his address... If you could help me by answering as soon as possible, that would be soooooo nice of you! thank you so much.

Kristin - (2118)


Emotional appeal is directed toward concerns, fears, desires and such. There are certain words that inspire people as well reaches their hearts. Some of the phrases in his speech that appeal to emotions and feelings are:

"Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage..."

"To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves..."

"In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course."

It is not logic that he is using, rather it is emotion.

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