On August 15, 1947, India signed an agreement that granted it s independence from Britain. India had not ruled itself for centuries. After a long and exhausting fight that took decades of diplomatic struggle and protest, India was finally free and Jawaharlal Nehru became the first Prime Minister of the nation. The speech he gave upon India's independence being secured is known as the "Tryst with Destiny" speech. It is justifiably famous as a great speech delivered at a great historic moment. Here are 24 vocabulary words from the speech. The full text of the speech is available here.
Many political pundits and speech critics claim that Michelle Obama's speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention was the most powerful and stirring. Here are 50 words that contributed to the power of that speech.
Hillary Clinton became the first woman to act as a major party's presidential nominee on July 28, 2016. Her speech was personal and political, both critical of her opponent and a case for why people should vote for her and not against someone else. Here are 50 words from Clinton's acceptance speech.
On the evening of July 21, 2016, Donald J. Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination with an acceptance speech that appealed to Americans who are determined to take back their country.
Not sure what to pack on your journey to a new life? Consider these pearls of wisdom from 2016 commencement speakers, and learn more about the themes of this year's speeches here For more treasures, dig into these lists: 2014, 2015
President Obama spoke in Hiroshima, Japan on May 27, 2016. He is the first president to speak there since the United States dropped a nuclear bomb on the city to end World War II on August 6,1945. In the speech the president explores the human capacity for conflict and destruction and calls for a reduction in nuclear weapons around the world. The transcript of the entire speech can be found here.
President Obama gave the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey this year on May 15, 2016. The speech addressed how the country has confronted our political problems with the intelligence we have derived from our educations, which will help us tell the difference between lofty promises with nothing behind them and vows we can keep. Here are twenty seven vocabulary words from President Obama's address.
Sheryl Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and the author of the book "Lean In." Here, in a commencement address to the students of the University of California at Berkeley, Sandberg discusses what she has been through and what she has learned, "not from life but from death," in the past year. Here are fourteen vocabulary words from Sandberg's address.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gave his first major foreign policy address on April 27, 2016. Vowing to put "America First," Trump criticized the foreign policy record of President Obama and probable Democratic nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as misguided on some issues and ineffective on others. Here are 23 words from the speech. The entire text can be found here.
Perhaps the ultimate call to arms, Patrick Henry's speech makes a case for the inevitability of the American Revolution. On March 23, 1775 Virginian patriots met at St. John’s Church in Richmond to discuss support for fellow colonists in Massachusetts where Parliament had sent four regiments of troops. Leading the call for Virginian’s to act was Patrick Henry. In proposing that Virginia prepare itself to fight he delivered an emotional speech ending with his immortal words, “Give me liberty or give me death!”
President Obama delivered the annual State of the Union Address on January 12, 2016. The State of the Union is always a speech that covers a wide variety of topics, but for this particular speech, President Obama cast an especially wide net. The address focused on the future of the country -- out beyond his last year in office to the challenges the next president faces. Here are 25 words from President Obama's last State of the Union. A transcript of the entire speech is available here.
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 million people who had gathered to demonstrate for passage of the Civil Rights Act.
In the wake of the attacks in Paris, France, and San Bernardino, California, President Obama delivered an evening address to the nation on December 6, 2015. In the speech he outlined what his administration has been doing and will continue to do to combat ISIL, the terrorist group whose members or sympathizers were responsible for both of these latest attacks. Here are 21 words from the President's remarks.
On September 28, 2015, President Obama addressed the U.N. General Assembly. The speech covered several pressing international issues, most notably: the deal his administration recently brokered with Iran, the predicament of Syria and the refugees from that country, and the ongoing crisis in Israel. Here are 24 words from the President's speech.
Following the first debate in the 2016 Republican primary contest aired on Fox News, Vocabulary.com released this list of the candidates’ vocabulary, showcasing the most relevant word for each of the ten candidates. Making full use of the data-driven resources that power Vocabulary.com’s word-learning game, the analysis determines relevance by comparing the frequency with which candidates used words in the debate to the frequency with which those words appear in the Vocabulary.com corpus of texts. The corpus consists of 3.2 billion words (and growing), covering everything from classic literature to the latest news.
As part of the Millennium Lecture series at the White House, Elie Wiesel defined indifference (etext found here) to an audience he knew had the power to recognize and prevent its dangers. Here are links to our lists for other texts by the Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate: Hope, Despair and Memory, Night
On March 7th, 2015, President Obama spoke at a ceremony for the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday,” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.
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 secede. In his inaugural address Lincoln made it clear that he did not consider the Southern states to be enemies but that it was his duty to protect the Union, by force if necessary.
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. As President Obama enters the final two years of his presidency, the speech also took time to express the President's hopes for the future, especially in regards to changing the culture in Washington, D.C. and examining how America handles the issue of race in light of recent events. Full transcript of the speech available here.
On September 10, 2014, President Barack Obama delivered an Oval Office address about the terrorist threat posed by ISIS/ISIL. Read the transcript here.
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.
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 generations. For more motivation, click here.
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 focuses on drawing attention to the crimes committed by the Nazis during World War II, in order to prevent such a holocaust from happening again. In accepting the prize on December 11, 1986, Wiesel gave a lecture titled "Hope, Despair and Memory" in which he shows, through a combination of biblical stories, history, and his own story, how those three perspectives must be balanced to remind each person that we have the power and duty to save ourselves, our neighbors, and humanity. E-text available here.
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. Learned Hand's "Spirit of Liberty" speech was delivered on May 21, 1944 at an event in New York City's Central Park. With the world still in the middle of a war, the speech reaffirmed the country's faith that freedom is worth fighting for. The overall tone is uplifting. It starts by recognizing the physical gathering of the audience, and ends by uniting everyone in a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. E-text available here.
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 their lands against the US army, he said, "Hear me, my chiefs; my heart is sick and sad. From where the Sun now stands, I will fight no more forever." These heartbroken words are not in the formal speech he later delivered in Washington D.C. In the published version in the North American Review, Chief Joseph accuses the Government of cheating and mistreating the tribe, but he ends with a hope for peace, freedom, and equality. E-text available here.