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by Ron Kurtus

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General Speech of Carlos Romolo Philippines
Castro at UN in 1960 Cuban issue should be settled South Sudan
GW Bush on 9-11 Attack Do you know about Sudan? South Sudan
Resources Wants wedding sermon for Prince Charles and Diana USA
Churchill Don't think the speech was extemporaneous USA
Oliver Wendell Holmes Wars mentioned in Holmes' speech USA
Martin Luther King Dream What were the advantages of King's speech? USA
Reagan in Moscow How are copyright issues handled? USA
Martin Luther King Dream How did King make his speech persuasive? USA
Castro at UN in 1960 How did Castro annoy the U.S.? USA

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Speech of Carlos Romolo

Topic: General


July 14, 2010

what is the summary of the speech of carlos romolo "i am a filipino" or the important details on that particular speech?

joharah - Philippines



I'm sorry, but we do not have that speech.

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Cuban issue should be settled

Topic: Castro at UN in 1960


June 21, 2010

I wish the world of today specially the human right watch should look at cuban issue fidel right according to this speech grassroot first I love his leadership. people first.

Samuel - South Sudan



Thank you for your views. Yes, the Cuban issue should be settled. Both sides need to talk.

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Do you know about Sudan?

Topic: GW Bush on 9-11 Attack


June 21, 2010

why is the war against the enemy of the people,s stoped not moving ?Do you know sudan ? and its actities if yes why not and why Sadam houseen was wrong?

Samuel - South Sudan



Some people in Iraq liked Saddam Hussein, but others in Iraq, who had been abused by him were against his leadership.

Sudan has a ancient and great history. However, its recent government has been accused of wrong-doing.

Most Americans know little about Sudan and its policies.

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Wants wedding sermon for Prince Charles and Diana

Topic: Resources


May 26, 2010

We are looking for the wedding sermon for Prince Charles and Diana Spencers wedding. The archbishop of canterberry delivered the sermon.

rick - USA



The following video footage has some of the sermon. I couldn't find the text of the complete sermon.

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Don't think the speech was extemporaneous

Topic: Churchill


May 17, 2010

Re: Churchill's "Never Give In", You wrote :
"Before speaking, Churchill discovered that the students had added a verse to one of the school songs:"
... and finished with :
"This fact was noted in the speech, which may have been primarily an extemporaneous speech."

If you read the speech, he seems to address the fact that the verse had been added (a year?) ago, ergo prior knowledge ... and likely the speech was not extemporareous.

Churchill :
"...You sang here a verse of a School Song: you sang that extra verse written in my honor, which I was very greatly complimented by and which you have repeated today. But there is one word in it I want to alter - I wanted to do so last year, but I did not venture to. It is the line: "Not less we praise in darker days."
WC :
"I have obtained the Head Master's permission to alter darker to sterner. 'Not less we praise in sterner days.'"

Both statements imply some prior knowledge, but I'll accede that the speech could have been updated that day or since the start of his visit

John - USA



Thanks for your feedback on this.

Extemporaneous can mean unrehearsed and with little preparation. Noting the audience or talking to someone beforehand does not mean a speech is no longer extemporaneous.

However, I've added "unrehearsed" to avoid confusion.

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Wars mentioned in Holmes' speech

Topic: Oliver Wendell Holmes


April 25, 2010

what were the two greatest wars refered to by holmes in The Solider's Faith speech of 1895

dave - USA



Oliver Wendell Holmes primary referred to the Civil War, in which he fought. However, he did mention the Revolutionary War in his speech.

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What were the advantages of King's speech?

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream


March 20, 2010

I have a question, What was the disadvantages and advantages of King's speech or was there any?




Martin Luther King's speech inspired many people with its simple, but strong message. It helped the creation of laws preventing discrimination.

It was a positive and uplifting speech and not negative at all.

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How are copyright issues handled?

Topic: Reagan in Moscow


November 26, 2009

I saw a lot of famous speeches in your site. In fact, i saw them also in other websites. Can you please tell me if these speeches are copyrighted? Who grants permission for these writings to be displyed in websites? I am curious because I want to copy them also but not in a website, but in a book, that I plan to print, as hard copy. Grateful for any help or comments that you can give me for my own guidance. I am 76, Filipino, US-citizen, based in NY.

Jobo - USA



It is proper to state your resource or the original resource for using speeches and such in a book. The copyright rule often does not apply to educational websites, but it may be more stringent for a hard copy book.

Speeches by American Presidents are typically not copyrighted, although sometimes a newspaper will copyright their transcription. But usually, the speeches are in so many sources that the copyright only refers to other text they may have.

Note that speeches by Martin Luther King are copyrighted by his family. They seem to be strict about using King's speeches, so you would have to contact them for permission.

Old speeches typically are no longer copyrighted, but that also depends on the source.

Copyright issues can be a difficult problem. Look at some books in the library that compile speeches to see how they handle copyrights. That could give you some ideas about what to do.

Best wishes in publishing your book.

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How did King make his speech persuasive?

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream


September 30, 2009

What body of language did MLK use (I have a dream) to make his speech persuasive?
Would a written version be less persuasive? why or why not?
How may a writer create persuasive message without body language?
what word choice and tone did the speaker use?
what was the effect? did he use logic or emotion to persuade the audience?did you find the speech persuasive? why or why not?

angelee - USA



You could say King used metaphors to get his point across. But I don't know if he was really trying to persuade people to take action or to change their views. Most of the people listening to him believed in what he believed. He was just telling about his dreams for the equality of all people and for peace.

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How did Castro annoy the U.S.?

Topic: Castro at UN in 1960


May 24, 2009

Hey, maybe it's going to be a silly question because you might have answered it before but I really couldn't find any information.
Would you be so kindly to answer my question?
Why did Fidel Castro's Cuba annoyed the US actually??


Makbule - USA



It is not a silly question. After Castro overthrew the government in Cuba, he took over many American companies that were in his country, such as the United Fruit Company. He refused to pay them for their losses. Also, several years later, Castro allowed the Russians to put missiles on his island that could strike the U.S.

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