This collection includes notable speeches from U.S. history concerning slavery, women's rights, racial equality, conflicts with Native Americans, and capital punishment.
Source: This book was compiled by the Florida Center for Instructional Technology and includes passages from multiple sources. Please refer to the passage pages for further source information.
- Ain't I a Woman?
- Sojourner Truth addresses the subject of equality at the 1851 Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.
- Excerpt from Frederick Douglass' Speech to the People of Rochester, New York on the Hypocrisy of Slavery, July 4, 1852
- Excerpt from Frederick Douglass' speech outlining the hypocritical nature of slavery in the United States of America.
- Speech on Lynch Law in America, Given by Ida B. Wells in Chicago, Illinois, January, 1900
- Ida B. Wells' speech concerning the prevalence of lynching throughout the United States, as well as the racial bias of the judicial system.
- Speech Cautioning Americans to Deal Justly with His People, January 12, 1854
- A widely publicized speech arguing in favor of ecological responsibility and respect of native Americans' land rights.
- The Struggle for Human Rights, Paris, France, September 28, 1948
- Eleanor Roosevelt discusses the importance human rights.
- "Solitude of Self," Address before the U.S. Senate Committee on Women's Suffrage, February 20, 1892
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton addresses the U.S. Senate Committee on Women's Suffrage in February of 1892.
- Is it a Crime for a Citizen of the United States to Vote?
- Susan B. Anthony discusses her arrest for attempting to vote.
- The Surrender of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce, Montana Territory, October 5, 1877 Chief Joseph's Own Story
- Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce surrenders to General Nelson A. Miles in October of 1877.
- Remarks from a debate on Capital Punishment with Judge Alfred J. Talley, New York City, October 27, 1924
- Clarence Darrow's debate on capital punishment as presented to Judge Alfred J. Talley in New York City in October of 1924.
- "No Compromise with the Evil of Slavery", Speech, 1854
- William Lloyd Garrison discusses the far reaching implications of the institution slavery in the United States.
- Year Published: 2012
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.3
- Word Count: 31,636
- Genre: History
- Keywords: abolition, american history, capitol punishment, equality, freedom, history, human rights, justice, peace, racial equality, responsibility, rights, slavery, suffrage, war
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