Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999

Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999

by Stephen E. Lucas, Martin J. Medhurst
     
 

Boldly breaking the mold of previous anthologies, Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 contains the complete—and authentic—texts of the best American speeches of the twentieth century as delivered to their immediate audiences. It features a remarkable array of speakers, from Woodrow Wilson, Clarence Darrow, and Carrie Chapman

Overview

Boldly breaking the mold of previous anthologies, Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 contains the complete—and authentic—texts of the best American speeches of the twentieth century as delivered to their immediate audiences. It features a remarkable array of speakers, from Woodrow Wilson, Clarence Darrow, and Carrie Chapman Catt to Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy, and Barbara Jordan.

As diverse in type as they are in subject matter, the speeches open a unique window on the twentieth century, and many continue to resonate in our own time. Each is preceded by a headnote with background on the speaker, the occasion, and the impact of the speech. More than 2,000 annotations identify people, events, and textual references that help bring the speeches to life for today's readers.

This exceptional anthology is ideal for courses in rhetoric, political communication, and twentieth century American history, as well as for anyone interested in the artistry and impact of the spoken word.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Words of a Century is simply the best anthology of its kind. It is edited by two of the best rhetorical critics in the business, and the speeches were chosen on the basis of their artistry and impact through a survey of 137 communication scholars. The headnotes are insightful and historically accurate, and the texts have been painstakingly authenticated—a rarity in such works. There is no comparable collection of great American speeches. No serious student of rhetoric should be without it."—J. Michael Hogan, Pennsylvania State University

"Moments of political crisis beget some of the best and most memorable instances of political oratory. This magnificently researched and carefully annotated collection reminds us just how close the connection is between our shared political life and our public speech. This volume is a unique and invaluable resource for students and scholars alike on the history, politics, and oratory of the twentieth century."—Mary E. Stuckey, Georgia State University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195168044
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/16/2008
Pages:
704
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen E. Lucas is Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities, Department of Communication Arts, at University of Wisconsin.

Martin J. Medhurst is Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Baylor University.

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