Historical Speeches

The historical address is a project where you will present a speech from a President or other office of importance. You will need to follow the steps that are listed in the Historical Speech Checklist. Below are examples of speeches you may use. Please pick one of these and prepare it. If you don't like any of these, you may do your own research and find one. Just okay it with me first and if it will work, I'll add it to my list!

NOTE: If the speech you choose is longer than 3 minutes you only need to present the first 3 minutes of the speech from memory, the remaining speech can be read.  You can use note cards to refer to the first three minutes ONLY if you get stuck.  If you read from the cards it will be D or F depending on other factors. Be sure to read your checklist as there are other parts to this speech listed there.

Here is the Historical Speech Rubric.

Abraham Lincoln - Second Inaugural Address

Adolf Hitler - The Declaration of War on the U.S.

Amelia Earhart - A Women's Place in Science

Barack Obama - A More Perfect Union

Cardinal Clemens von Galen - Against Nazi Euthanasia

Cesar Chavez - On Ending His Fast

Elie Wiesel - The Perils of Indifference

Frederick Douglass - Hypocrisy of American Slavery

George W. Bush - After September 11th

Jesse Jackson - Common Ground and Common Sense

John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy - We Choose to go to the Moon...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt  - First Fireside Chat

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - First Inaugural Address

Franklin Delano Roosevelt - Pearl Harbor Address to the Nation

Hillary Rodham Clinton - Conference on Women Plenary Session

Malcolm X - The Ballot of the Bullet

Martin Luther King - I Have a Dream

Mary Fisher - 1992 Republican National Convention Address

Patrick Henry - Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Pope Benedict XVI - In This Place of Horror

Vyacheslav Molotov - The Nazi Invasion of Russia

William Jefferson Clinton - Oklahoma Bombing Memorial Prayer Service Address

William Wilberforce - Horrors of the Slave Trade