Speechesvocabulary lists

Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I A Woman?" (1863)

Sojourner Truth's speech at the 1851 Women's Rights Convention in Ohio asked a question that could not be denied in order to draw attention to the humanity, abilities, thus rights, of both women and...
gaunt, disapprobation, timorous, discomfiture, solemnly, tumult, profound, throng, kilter, view list...
20 words

Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address (1981)

Ronald Reagan's First Inaugural Address on January 20, 1981 outlines the objectives of the newly elected 40th President of the United States. The overall tone inspires heroic renewal. It starts by...
momentous, bulwark, affliction, thrift, indignity, deficit, upheaval, bastion, elite, view list...
30 words

Obama's State of the Union Address, 2014

President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union Address on Tuesday evening. Always a wide ranging speech, this year the President touched on everything from the minimum wage to the war in...
entrepreneur, efficient, wean, rural, rebound, sector, deficit, hinder, rancorous, view list...
93 words

President Obama's Remarks on Spying Scandal

On Friday, President Obama spoke about the spying and surveillance scandal involving the National Security Agency, which has been a hot topic of debate for several months. Mr. Obama addressed...
surveillance, reconnaissance, intercept, avert, totalitarian, proliferation, legitimacy, stride, novel, view list...
50 words

Vocabulary from Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points" (1918)

Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points" was an international relations plan, both in specific terms and general philosophical ones. The specific terms involved settling old grudges in Europe, but the...
aggrandizement, linger, avow, recurrence, consenting, adequate, armament, impartial, colonial, view list...
20 words

Nelson Mandela "I am Prepared to Die" (1964)

The resounding words of a man about to be silenced by decades in prison, this statement given by Mandela in his own defense traces the history of black Africans under Apartheid.
incite, sabotage, tyranny, oppression, prominent, prescribe, indictment, hostility, supremacy, view list...
79 words

Mandela's statement at the U.N. Special Committee Against Apartheid

In 1990, shortly after his release from prison, the United Nations hosted Nelson Mandela at a Special Meeting of its Committee Against Apartheid. Here are 25 words from Mandela's statement on that...
tyrannical, enshrine, indelible, blight, genocide, quaint, aberration, conclave, inviolable, view list...
25 words

Mandela's Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Address

In 1993, Nelson Mandela shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South African President F.W. de Klerk. Here are 25 words from his acceptance speech. Transcript of speech available here
compatriot, apartheid, presumptuous, grapple, dichotomy, repression, persistence, guise, invaluable, view list...
25 words
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