Political Rhetoric and Debates

This page organizes notes, texts, bibliographies and online resources relating to electoral politics and political debates. Material related to American Presidents should be filed under Presidential Rhetoric.

Topical Notes

Founding Documents
Presidential Rhetoric
The Rhetorical Benjamin Franklin


Clay, Henry. Speech to the American Colonization Society.
Franklin, Benjamin. On the Constitution.
Henry, Patrick. Against the Constitution.
Jefferson, Thomas. Letter to Nicolas Demeunier.
Jefferson, Thomas. Letter to John Holmes.
Lincoln, Abraham. Cooper Union Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. "A House Divided".
Nixon, Richard M. The "Checkers" Speech.
Reagan, Ronald. A Time for Choosing.

Web Resources

Classic Senate Speeches
Congressional Record
The United States House of Representatives
The United States Senate


Political Advertising
Political Rhetoric
Non Presidential Debates

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