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Want key info on speech Kennedy Inaugural USA
Put a colored line under the audio Castro at UN in 1960 Sicilia (Italia)
Marvelous new militancy in Negro community Martin Luther King Dream USA
Questions about Kennedy's inaugural speech of 1961 Kennedy USA
Did George W. Bush do his job well? George W. Bush 1st Inaugural Philippines
Mistake in Mini-Quiz Reagan First Inaugural USA
Speech of Carlos Romolo General Philippines
Cuban issue should be settled Castro at UN in 1960 South Sudan
Do you know about Sudan? GW Bush on 9-11 Attack South Sudan
Wants wedding sermon for Prince Charles and Diana Resources USA
Don't think the speech was extemporaneous Churchill USA
Wars mentioned in Holmes' speech Oliver Wendell Holmes USA
What were the advantages of King's speech? Martin Luther King Dream USA
How are copyright issues handled? Reagan in Moscow USA
How did King make his speech persuasive? Martin Luther King Dream USA

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Kennedy Inaugural

Want key info on speech

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 (20428)


Some interesting facts can be seen at:

You also can see an analysis of the speech at:

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Castro at UN in 1960

Put a colored line under the audio

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) (20403)


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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Martin Luther King Dream

Marvelous new militancy in Negro community

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 (20286)


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

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)


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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George W. Bush 1st Inaugural

Did George W. Bush do his job well?

July 27, 2010


Does bush do his job right?

ivy - Philippines (20130)


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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Reagan First Inaugural

Mistake in Mini-Quiz

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)


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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Speech of Carlos Romolo

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 (20051)


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

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Castro at UN in 1960

Cuban issue should be settled

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 (19944)


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

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GW Bush on 9-11 Attack

Do you know about Sudan?

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 (19945)


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

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 (19797)


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

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 (19732)


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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Oliver Wendell Holmes

Wars mentioned in Holmes' speech

April 25, 2010


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

dave - USA (19605)


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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Martin Luther King Dream

What were the advantages of King's speech?

March 20, 2010


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

- USA (19400)


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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Reagan in Moscow

How are copyright issues handled?

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 (18745)


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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Martin Luther King Dream

How did King make his speech persuasive?

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 (18411)


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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