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Strong Voices

Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing

by Tonya Bolden Author · Eric Velasquez Illustrator

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Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing is a collection of significant speeches, made both by those who held the reins of power and those who didn't, at significant times in American history. Read the original words—sometimes abridged and sometimes in their entirety—that have shaped our cultural fabric.

Introductions by acclaimed writer Tonya Bolden provide historical context and critical insights to the meaning and impact of every speech. Illustrations by award-winning artist Eric Velasquez illuminate what it was really like at each moment in history. This collection includes the following:

  • Patrick Henry, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death"
  • George Washington, Farewell Address
  • Red Jacket, "We Never Quarrel about Religion"
  • Frederick Douglass, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"
  • Sojourner Truth, "I Am a Woman's Rights"
  • Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
  • Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic"
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "The Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself"
  • Lou Gehrig, "Farewell to Baseball"
  • Langston Hughes, "On the Blacklist All Our Lives"
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy, "We Choose to Go to the Moon"
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., "I Have a Dream"
  • Fannie Lou Hamer, "I Question America"
  • Cesar Chavez, Address to the Commonwealth Club of California, 1984
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, "Women's Rights Are Human Rights"
  • Strong Voices includes a foreword by #1 New York Times bestselling author and celebrated journalist Cokie Roberts, as well as a timeline in the back of the book, along with letters to the reader from Tonya Bolden and Eric Velasquez.

    Strong Voices is a tremendous introduction to the extraordinary words spoken in history.

    Publication Details

    Publisher:
    HarperCollins
    Publication Date:
    2020

    Format

    • Adobe EPUB eBook 5.3 KB

    Tonya Bolden (Author)

    Tonya Bolden's books have earned much praise and numerous starred reviews. Her work has been recognized with the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children and the Carter G. Woodson Book Award and listed as a CBC/NCSS Notable ...

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    Cokie Roberts (Author)

    Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards and in 2008 was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Foun...

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