American Speeches

Patrick Henry’s Speech March 23, 1775 at St. John’s Henrico Parish Church in Richmond, Virginia

“Give me Liberty, or Give me Death”

John Adams’ Speech to the Second Continental Congress 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (As depicted in the HBO mini-series John Adams)

“A Republic of Laws, Not Men”

Samuel Adams’ Speech to the Second Continental Congress delivered August 1, 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Our contest is not whether we ourselves shall be free, but whether there shall be left to mankind an asylum on earth, for civil and religious liberty…”

George Washington’s First Inaugural Address as President April 30, 1789 in New York, New York

“the foundations of our national policy…be laid in the pure and immutable principles of private morality.”

George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation delivered on October 3, 1789 in New York, New York

“That we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks–for His kind care and protection of the People of this Country…”

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address delivered November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

“Government of the People, by the People, for the People..”

Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address delivered March 4, 1865 at the United States Capitol

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in”

Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Speech before a Joint Session of Congress on December 8, 1941, one day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

“A Date that will Live in Infamy”

John F. Kennedy Speech at the Berlin Wall in Berlin, West Germany delivered on June 26, 1963

“Ich bin ein Berliner.” (I am a Berliner)

Martin Luther King’s Speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. delivered August 28, 1963

“I Have a Dream”

Ronald Reagan’s Speech at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, West Germany delivered on June 12, 1987

“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”

George W. Bush address to the nation from the Oval Office the night of September 11, 2001

“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America.”

Steve Jobs’ Commencement Address at Stanford University delivered on June 12, 2005

“Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”






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