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Martin Luther King Dream Failing to achieve the American dream Botswana
 
Martin Luther King Dream Wants homework help with speech USA
 
General Greatest speeches Kenya
 
Martin Luther King Dream Needs to share vision, just like King did USA
 
Kennedy Inaugural Want key info on speech USA
 
Castro at UN in 1960 Put a colored line under the audio Sicilia (Italia)
 
Martin Luther King Dream Marvelous new militancy in Negro community USA
 
Kennedy Questions about Kennedy's inaugural speech of 1961 USA
 
George W. Bush 1st Inaugural Did George W. Bush do his job well? Philippines
 
Reagan First Inaugural Mistake in Mini-Quiz USA
 

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Failing to achieve the American dream

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

March 2, 2011

What is meant by the phrase "the American Dream" what does it say about the U.S.ideals of social and political equality. Why do so many Americans feel they have failed to achieve the American dream?

- Botswana

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The idea of the American Dream that Martin Luther King referred to is that life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

This idea is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

Great efforts have been made to eliminate discrimination, such that everyone is able to seek a better life. However, there are some who feel they are entitled to a richer life without working for it. They often blame others for their misfortunes and inability to achieve the American dream.

Not everyone can get what he or she wants, but everyone has the opportunity.

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Wants homework help with speech

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

February 13, 2011

question 1: The quote,"One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discimination," is an example of what rhetorical device?

question 2: Can you summarize King's comparison of Civil Rights and a "bad check."

question 3: King's use of the comparrison between Civil Rights and a bad check is an example of what rhetorical device?

question 4: Why would repeating these two lines(Let Freedom Ring and Free at Last)be effective in this speech?

question 5: Why did King name many different states near the end of his speech?

question6: What is the most powerful and appealing image in this speech? Explain why you chose that.

Nichole - USA

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You really need to carefully read and analyze the speech yourself. I am sure that is the whole idea of the assignment. The following site may help somewhat:

http://www.presentationmagazine.com/martin-luther-king-i-have-a-dream-speech.htm

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Greatest speeches

Topic: General

Question

January 5, 2011

please send me an example of Great Speeches ever delivered.

Your articles are very fulfilling.

John - Kenya

20963

Answer

There have been many great speeches given throughout the ages. Each country has had great orators who have inspired their audiences.

The top speeches in the United States have been:

Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" Speech in 1963
http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/king_dream.htm

and

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address in 1863
http://www.school-for-champions.com/speeches/lincoln_gettysburg.htm

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Needs to share vision, just like King did

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

September 28, 2010

In his famous I have a dream speech Martin luther king Jr described his vision of equality in America that his four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character suppose you were asked to share with a group of students your vision for a better society.

Aicha - USA

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Martin Luther Kind saw the problem of racial discrimination. His dream was to solve that problem. Later, he saw the problem of poverty and tried to solve that problem.

Look to some problems that you see in today's society. It could be poverty, environmental problems, gangs dealing in drugs, or something else that you see and are concerned about. Then picture how it would be if that problem could be solved. That picture is your vision.

Best wishes with sharing your vision.

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Want key info on speech

Topic: Kennedy Inaugural

Question

September 22, 2010

hi, Im doing an essay on John F. Kennedy's inaguration speech, and I came to your wed site for research. and I want to ask if you can send me some key info on this speech. Thank you

- USA

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Some interesting facts can be seen at:

http://www.bartleby.com/124/pres56.html

You also can see an analysis of the speech at:

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1786306/jfk_speech_analysis_inaugural_address.html

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Put a colored line under the audio

Topic: Castro at UN in 1960

Question

September 19, 2010

fare scorrere un linea colorata nel discorso scritto,che segua quello parlato ,così aiuta chi come me non parla correttamente l'inglese. così potrei imparare più facilmente.Grazie sono un cuorioso di 72 anni

(slide a colored line in written discourse, which follows the one spoken, so it helps people like me who does not speak good English. so I could learn more facilmente.Grazie cuorioso am a 72 year old)

gaetano - Sicilia (Italia)

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Grazie per il suggerimento. Purtroppo non è molto facile da fare.

(Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately, that is not very easy to do.)

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Marvelous new militancy in Negro community

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

August 24, 2010

Who or what organization, was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. referring to when in his speech he said "The marvelious new militancy which has engulfed the negro community"

- USA

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In the 1960s, many blacks or African-Americans began protesting the years of discrimination, usually through peaceful demonstrations. When King was referring to militancy, he meant organized efforts to achieve the rights.

The major groups were the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), CORE (Congress of Racial Equality) and SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference).

King had been the first president of SCLC.

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Questions about Kennedy's inaugural speech of 1961

Topic: Kennedy

Question

August 5, 2010

I don't understand why Kennedy says we are proud of our ANCIENT hertitage. Why would he use that word specifically in a new nation, unless he was directly speaking to the Native Americans, which seems unlikely since it was a speech addresses the whole country.
Also when he says let other powers know that this hemisphere intends to stay the master of his own house....I know he is speaking of helping the border countries, however this seems agressivley power hungary.
Maybe you could shed some light on me to understand these two peices of the speech that really stand out to me.
Oh and one more thing, it is my understanding Kennedy wrote this speech himself, yet the beginning and ending have a different tone and sound as if writen by two different writers, in my opinion. But perhaps it was written in phases and his own mood had changed slighty.

K - USA

20192

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John F. Kennedy had several good speech writers, but he also wrote some of the material himself. He did win the Pulitzer Prize in History, so he was a good writer. However, you are very observant to notice differences in the text of his speech.

When Kennedy spoke of "ancient heritage" he was referring to the heritage given by the Country's founding fathers in the 1700s. He was using literary license in referring them as ancient.

At the time of this speech, the Cuba and the Soviet Union were supporting the overthrow of many of the countries south of the United States. He was advocating that those people should be able to direct their own destiny and be "masters of their houses" and not allow other countries take over. It was not being power hungry, but instead seeking to help neighboring countries remain free.

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Did George W. Bush do his job well?

Topic: George W. Bush 1st Inaugural

Question

July 27, 2010

Does bush do his job right?

ivy - Philippines

20130

Answer

Former U.S. President George W. Bush did the best job he could. Many people in his political party felt he did a fine job, while those in the opposing political party thought he did poorly.

Major criticisms against him are starting the war in Iraq and allowing the economy to go down.

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Mistake in Mini-Quiz

Topic: Reagan First Inaugural

Question

July 21, 2010

For number two in the mini quiz (What did he say about government?), you have c (It should be run by only the very rich.) marked. I believe that this is the incorrect answer. In his speech, Reagan stated, "Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people." By "the people," he meant the common person, not just the very rich. This clearly refutes choice c. I believe that a (It is not the solution to the problems of the country) would be a better choice. He clearly stated, "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem." By "present crisis," he was referring to stagflation, a major problem that neither the Nixon, the Ford, nor the Carter administration were able to solve. Choice b (It should become like many socialist countries.) can easily be eliminated because socialist countries believe in a large presence of government in the economy and in society. Reagan wanted to give the Federal Government a smaller role in society, stating, "It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people."

I hope this helps you to improve your quiz.

Best wishes! :)

Anjali - USA

20111

Answer

Oops!! My face is red! I didn't notice I put in the wrong answer.

Thanks for pointing out the mistake. I made the correction.

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