American Public Discourse

American Public Discourse

Notes

Founding Documents: Rhetorical Resources
The Rhetorical Eugene Debs
The Rhetorical Frederick Douglass
The Rhetorical Franklin
The Rhetorical Lincoln
Slavery and Compromise: A Rhetorical History
Timeline of Emancipation Discourse from 1865

Sources

Abolition
American Presidents A to Z
Civil Rights
Federalists and Anti-Federalists
Feminist Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
Labor
Lincoln
Musical Rhetoric (includes protest music)
Political Rhetoric
Presidential Rhetoric: General and Comparative Sources
Prophetic Mode
Womans Rights to 1920

Primary Texts in American Public Discourse

On this page the texts are loosely grouped topically by the American public discourse of which they were a part. This wiki is most complete on emancipation discourses. Topic areas are open to additions. Where a speech can be defined as belonging to multiple topics it is duplicated. Please see the Index of Primary Texts for a complete alphabetical listing by author/title.

Abolition of Slavery

American Anti-Slavery Society, Constitution.
American Anti-Slavery Society, Declaration of Sentiments.
Clay, Henry. Report of a Speech to the American Colonization Society.
Douglass, Frederick. "We Have Decided to Stay"
Douglass, Frederick. "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"
Grimke, Angelina. Speech in Pennsylvania Hall.
Jefferson, Thomas. Letter to Demeunier.
Jefferson, Thomas. Letter to John Holmes.
Mott, Lucretia. "The Law of Progress".
Phillips, Wendell. Speech in Faneuil Hall.

Civil Rights

Dubois, W. E. B. Niagara Movement Address.
King, Martin Luther. "I Have a Dream".
Washington, Booker T. Atlanta Exposition Address.

Feminism (Second Wave)

LeGuin, Ursula. "She Unnames Them."
Sarachild, Kathie. A Program for Feminist "Consciousness Raising".
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Position Paper on Women in the Movement.

Founding Documents, Federalists and Antifederalists

Amendments to the Constitution.
Bill_of_Rights.
Constitution of the United States.
Declaration_of_Independence.
Franklin, Benjamin. On the Constitution.
Henry, Patrick. Speech at the Virginia Ratification Debate.
Suffrage Amendments to the Constitution.

Labor

Debs, Eugene. Canton, Ohio Address.
Debs, Eugene. Statement to the Court.
Spies, Albert. Address to the Court.

Pacifism

Garrison, William Lloyd. Peace Declaration.
Mott, Lucretia. "The Law of Progress".

Political

Kennedy, Edward M. Chappaquiddick Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. "A House Divided".
Nixon, Richard M. "Checkers" Speech.
Reagan, Ronald. "A Time for Choosing".

Presidential

Clinton, William Jefferson. "I Have Sinned".
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Inaugural Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. First Inaugural Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. Sanitary Fair Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. Second Inaugural Address.
Obama, Barack. Victory Speech, 4 November 2008.
Reagan, Ronald. Challenger Address.
Reagan, Ronald. First Inaugural Address.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. First Inaugural Address.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. Pearl Harbor Address.

Womans Rights (19th century)

Douglass, Frederick. On Woman Suffrage
Grimke, Angelina. Speech in Pennsylvania Hall.
Grimke, Sarah. Response to the Pastoral Letter.
Mott, Lucretia. "The Law of Progress".
Pastoral Letter of the General Association of Massachusetts (Congregational).

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