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Politics and Mass Media: Finding Speeches

Finding Texts of Speeches

US Presidential Speeches

  • Presidential Rhetoric
  • American Presidency Project
  • Public Papers of the President: Have all statements, speeches and correspondence of sitting presidents.
    • Online back to 1991 (George H. W. Bush) from GPO Access.
    • In print 1929-1983 in Gov Docs GS 4.113
    • In print 1984-2004 (most recent) in Gov Docs AE 2.114:
  • Presidential Speeches often are reprinted full-text in the New York Times. We now have the NY Times full-text back to 1857 in Proquest Historical Newspapers.

Other Political Speeches

Books containing speeches can best be found doing a catalog search for a subject or name and adding 'Speech?' into the search phrase. We have the following Reference Books on Speeches:

  • Ripples of hope : great American civil rights speeches Ref E184.A1 R53 2003
  • Speeches of the American presidents Ref J81 .C88 2001
  • In our own words : extraordinary speeches of the American century Ref PS661 .I53 1999
  • The Penguin book of twentieth-century speeches Ref D411 .P46 1999
  • African American voices Ref E185 .A2524 1996
  • Contemporary American voices : significant speeches in American history, 1945-present Ref E173 A786 1992
  • Lend me your ears : great speeches in history Ref PN6122 .L4 1992

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