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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

Mar 23, 2013

Patrick Henry’s ‘Give me Liberty, or Give me Death!’ speech was made to the Virginia Convention on March 23, 1775. Delivered at St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia, the speech is credited with swinging the balance in convincing the Virginia House of Burgesses to pass a resolution that would deliver Virginia Troops to the...

Chief Joseph Surrenders

Chief Joseph Surrenders

Dec 7, 2012

Chief Joseph was Chief of a tribe of Nez Perce Indians. He had led his people in resistance to the white men settling in the Nez Perce’s lands in the Oregon Territory. Ordered to move to Idaho in 1877, or face retribution, the Nez Perce agreed to move onto a reservation. After tribe members killed four white settlers, he and his people fled for Canada...

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball

Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball

Oct 26, 2012

Speech delivered by Lou Gehrig 4 July, 1939, in Yankee Stadium, New York City. Listen to an excerpt from his speech: Lou Gehrig’s Farewell to Baseball Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth. I have been in ballparks for seventeen years and have...

Susan B. Anthony – On Women’s Rights to Vote

Susan B. Anthony – On Women’s Rights to Vote

Oct 24, 2012

After being arrested and fined $100 for casting what was then considered an ‘illegal vote’, Susan B. Anthony delivered the following speech in court in 1873. Despite her plea, she was found guilty and fined, though she never paid the fee: Susan B. Anthony’s Speech “Fellow people in this here world”: I stand before you tonight under...

Babe Ruth’s Farewell Address

Babe Ruth’s Farewell Address

Oct 5, 2012

April 27, 1947 – Yankee Stadium, New York. Listen to the audio: Babe Ruth’s Farewell to Baseball Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. You know how bad my voice sounds – well it feels just as bad. You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you’re a boy and grow up to know how to play...

Amelia Earhart – A Woman’s Place in Science

Amelia Earhart – A Woman’s Place in Science

Sep 18, 2012

In 1935, Amelia Earhart delivered the following address as part of a radio broadcast on a woman’s place in science. Listen to the broadcast: Amelia Earhart – A Woman’s Place in Science “This modern world of science and invention is of particular interest to women, for the lives of women have been more affected by its new horizons than those of...