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Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing by Tonya Bolden and Eric Velasquez
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Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing by Tonya Bolden and Eric Velasquez

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Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing is a collection of speeches that showcases the voices of those at the reins of power, and of those who are not, at flashpoints 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”