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Lincoln Inaugural Address (March 1861)

Abraham Lincoln took the oath of office as the 16th President of the United States on March 4, 1861. Since his election the previous November Southern states had met and declared their intent to...
compliance, address, execution, administration, apprehension, accession, republican, institution, inclination, more...
98 words

The State of the Union Address 2015

The State of The Union address was delivered on January 20, 2015. President Obama's speech highlighted the middle class and the economy, while also dealing with America's concerns on the global stage....
endure, bustle, reactive, faction, propel, partisan, resilience, predatory, forego, more...
30 words

Bush's Address on 9/11

On September 11, 2001, the US witnessed the tragic loss of life brought about by acts of terrorism in New York and Washington DC. That evening, President George W. Bush addressed the nation.
evil, despicable, unyielding, foundation, implemented, priority, precaution, intelligence, enforcement, more...
15 words

Starting Your New Life: Inspiring Words from Commencement Speeches

Spring is in the air. So are graduation caps and words of wisdom. See how notable speakers from various fields (including a cartoonist, scientist, and president) have inspired the rising of new...
indispensable, untouchable, audacity, improvisation, inevitable, determine, indulge, clarity, sow, more...
20 words

Elie Wiesel's "Hope, Despair and Memory" (1986)

Elie Wiesel was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his lifetime struggle against indifference, which he sees as synonymous to the struggle for peace. As an author, philosopher, and humanist, Wiesel...
beset, fervent, opaque, distorted, despair, passivity, aberration, incumbent, paucity, more...
25 words

Learned Hand's "Spirit of Liberty" (1944)

I Am An American Day was first designated by Congress in 1940 to be celebrated on the third Sunday of May, but was later moved in 1952 to September 17 and renamed Constitution Day and Citizenship Day....
conviction, oppression, ruthless, unbridled, denial, sorrow, bias, unheeded, conscience, more...
15 words

Chief Joseph's Words to Washington D.C. (1879)

Chief Joseph, also known as In-mut-too-yah-lat-lat (which means "Thunder-Traveling-to-Loftier-Mountain-Heights"), surrendered on October 5, 1877 in Idaho. Realizing his Nez Perce tribe could not keep...
disgrace, deserts, despise, scheme, caution, annuity, council, dispute, claim, more...
20 words

Vocabulary from Vladimir Putin's Speech on Crimea

The issues surrounding the Russian state and the area of Ukraine known as Crimea involve centuries of history and complex issues of sovereignty and self-determination. In an effort to untangle at...
republic, referendum, compliance, democratic, orthodoxy, valor, peninsula, predominantly, repression, more...
60 words
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