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.

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Churchill, Winston. "Blood, Tears, Toil and Sweat".
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.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, 12 September 1960
Lincoln, Abraham. Cooper Union Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. "A House Divided".
McCain, John. Concession Speech, 04 November 2008.
McCarthy, Joseph. Response to Edward R. Murrow, 6 April 1954.
Nixon, Richard M. The "Checkers" Speech.
Reagan, Ronald. A Time for Choosing.

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