Best Conservative Speeches About America for 8th Grade Presentation
This is the "Young" Chauvinist asking for some...homework help you could say. At my school we are studying the Civil Rights Movement. I am allowed to choose among speeches separated into the following categories. I've included some examples in each category to give you a taste of what they're looking for. I am allowed to recommend speeches not on the list and I was wondering if anybody out there (Mr. Robinson?) would like to recommend some for me. Particularly a good conservative-point-of-view speech.
- The Founding of a Nation:
- Give me Liberty or Give Me Death-Patrick Henry
- Civil Disobedience-Henry David Thoreau
- To the American Troops-George Washington
- Farewell Address-George Washington
- Forming a National Identity:
- What Is Your Fourth of July to Me?-Frederick Douglass
- I Will Fight No More Forever-Chief Joseph
- The Anti-Slavery Society-Lucretia Mott
- I Want Women to Have Their Rights-Sojourner Truth
- A Vision of 20th Century America:
- On the Pulse of Morning-Maya Angelou
- The Great Society-Lyndon Baines Johnson
- Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You-John F. Kennedy
- I Have a Dream-Martin Luther King Jr.
- Americanism and the Foreign Born-Woodrow Wilson
- Challenges of the Twentieth Century:
- Farewell Address-Jimmy Carter
- Let America Be American Again-Langston Hughes
- A Call for Justice-John F.Kennedy
- AmerRican-Tato Laviera
- The Great Common Hope-Eleanor Roosevelt
- Exhibition Pieces:
- Preamble to the Constitution or Declaration of Independence
- Concord Hymn-Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Liberty Tree-Thomas Paine
- The Earth is Precious-Chief Seattle
- I Hear America Singing-Walt Whitman
Thanks for taking the time to help.
Answer by Peter Robinson
Calvin Coolidge's speech commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. Accessible--and rock solid.
Answer by Natalie
George HW Bush, 41st President to the National Association of Evangelicals in Chicago. March 3rd 1992.
John Quincy Adams, 6th President to the ABS at the Capitol in Washington DC. Feb 27th 1844.
John Hancock, President of the 2nd Continental Congress, Boston Massacre Oration March 5th 1774.
Forming a National Identity
- Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
A Vision of 20th Century America
- Ronald Reagan's "A Time for Choosing" (1964)
- Ronald Reagan's 1984 RNC Convention speech ("Shining City on a Hill")
Also, The Right Words: Great Republican Speeches That Shaped History by Wynton C. Hall has many good suggestions.