Speechesvocabulary lists

2013 State of the Union

Words from Pres. Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. Prepared text is here.
full faith and credit, spending cut, medical bill, preschool, power grid, business leader, food bank, majorette, bipartisan, more...
77 words

Trial of John Brown (1859)

In October 1859, the abolitionist John Brown attempted to seize a federal arsenal in Harper's Ferry, Virginia. Convicted of treason, he gave a brief statement before his execution.
court, design, scale, treason, incite, rebellion, insurrection, objection, candor, more...
28 words

"Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" by Jonathan Edwards

One of the angriest and most evocative sermons ever delivered, this speech, which could be subtitled 'Hell and How to Avoid it,' will stay with you for a long time.
notwithstanding, foresee, sovereign, arbitrary, obligation, chaff, rebuke, contrary, brandish, more...
50 words

President Obama's second inaugural address

Words from the text of President Barack Obama's second inaugural address on Jan. 21, 2013. Transcript here.
distinguished, citizen, gather, inaugurate, enduring, Constitution, affirm, promise, democracy, more...
263 words

Martin Luther King, Jr. "I have a dream" speech

On August 28, 1963 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I have a dream" speech. Speaking from the steps of the LIncoln Memorial in Washington D.C., King stood before an estimated quarter of a...
demonstration, symbolic, emancipation, proclamation, momentous, decree, sear, wither, injustice, more...
80 words

Britain's Finest Hour Speech - Winston Churchill (1940)

In May of 1940, Nazi Germany launched a massive attack and swiftly conquered most of Western Europe. Britain suddenly found itself alone, facing a possible invasion by the powerful German military. On...
colossal, withdraw, entail, division, period, inevitably, recrimination, futile, document, more...
82 words

Mitt Romney's acceptance speech

Words from Mitt Romney's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Transcript: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/30/160357612/transcript-mitt-romneys-acceptance-speech
congregant, Neil Armstrong, gas pump, insurance premium, freedom of religion, baby boomer, choke up, mom, get off the ground, more...
250 words

Franklin Roosevelt "Four Freedoms" (1941)

In January 1941 President Franklin Roosevelt outlined the basic freedoms which America represents. Almost a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor, FDR warned of the dangers from dictatorships and of...
unprecedented, unity, compass, engage, principle, commerce, convey, procession, isolation, more...
65 words
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