Civil Rights and Conflict in the United States: Selected Speeches


Civil Rights and Conflict in the United States: Selected Speeches

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 Committee of the Judiciary of the United States Congress, January 18, 1892
Elizabeth Cady Stanton addresses the Committee of the Judiciary of the United States Congress in January 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
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.3
  • Word Count: 34,614
  • 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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