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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...

I Have A Dream – Martin Luther King, Jr.

I Have A Dream – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Aug 29, 2012

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, calling for racial equality and an end to discrimination. One of the defining moments of the Civil Rights Movement, the speech was named the top political speech of the 20th century by a group of 137 leading scholars of American public address. The speeches were...