- By James Ryan Daley Barack Obama Martin Luther King Jr.

Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and Others

  • Title: Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and Others
  • Author: James Ryan Daley Barack Obama Martin Luther King Jr.
  • ISBN: 9780486447612
  • Page: 481
  • Format: Paperback
  • Great Speeches by African Americans Frederick Douglass Sojourner Truth Dr Martin Luther King Jr Barack Obama and Others Tracing the struggle for freedom and civil rights across two centuries this anthology comprises speeches by Frederick Douglass Sojourner Truth W E B Du Bois Martin Luther King Jr and other influe

    Tracing the struggle for freedom and civil rights across two centuries, this anthology comprises speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W E B Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr and other influential figures in the history of African American culture and politics.The collection begins with Henry Highland Garnet s 1843 An Address to the Slaves of the United StatTracing the struggle for freedom and civil rights across two centuries, this anthology comprises speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W E B Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr and other influential figures in the history of African American culture and politics.The collection begins with Henry Highland Garnet s 1843 An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America, followed by Jermain Wesley Loguen s I Am a Fugitive Slave, the famous Ain t I a Woman speech by Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass s immortal What, to the Slave, Is the Fourth of July Subsequent orators include John Sweat Rock, John M Langston, James T Rapier, Alexander Crummell, Booker T Washington, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B Wells Barnett, Francis J Grimk , Marcus Garvey, and Mary McLeod Bethune Martin Luther King, Jr s I Have a Dream speech appears here, along with Malcolm X s The Ballot or The Bullet, Shirley Chisholm s The Black Woman in Contemporary America, The Constitution A Living Document by Thurgood Marshall, and Barack Obama s Knox College Commencement Address.

    1 thought on “Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and Others

    1. Call it my personal ode to black history month or a re-visitation for personal edification; I felt the urge to read this collection this month. It didn't matter that some of the essays here are familiar, because a reread certainly helped me brush up on things I missed the first time around. I read Frederick Douglass' famous, "What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July" and I smiled as I remembered my American Lit professor years ago in undergrad, who made us read, re-read, and write a response to [...]

    2. If you don't know about Sojourner Truth, King, Douglas, then you don't know American history. I don't care about color or sex, this is a must read. Oh, for you ladies voting, going to college, getting postive divorce settlements, one word: Tatoo. On your left arm: Elizabeth Cady Stanton. On the right: Susan B Anthony. Every American needs to know history . . . the COMPLETE history of their country. Cowboy up and get reading.

    3. Good book with an assortment of speeches from times of slavery through the Civil Rights Era and to a few years ago. Malcolm X "The Ballot or The Bullet" was my favorite.

    4. More than a collection of speeches, this solemn and profound book is a window into the history (or should I say plight?) of African Americans. Of many sagacious passages, here are a few highlights:Fellow citizens, I will not enlarge further on your national inconsistencies. The existence of slavery in this country brands your republicanism as a sham, your humanity as a base pretence, and your Christianity as a lie. It destroys your moral power abroad; it corrupts your politicians at home. It sap [...]

    5. My rating distribution for book reviews in general:Content: 0-1 starDelivery: 0-1 starRelevance: 0-1 starImpact: 0-1 starBonus (if warranted by additional components of the book that enhanced my experience with the read): 0-1 starWhy I read this book:I hold a very deep passion for the African-American experience and I can appreciate true stories being told about pivotal events related to my history. I hold a sincere admiration for my ancestors and a specific vision for the future of African-Amer [...]

    6. Well! Bravo on nine of these speeches and fine people who did very well to make the nation better. And boo on seven that are ugly, divisive and promote agitation. Three I didn't bother to read. So, nine at five stars, seven at one? 3+ stars on this collection of powerful speeches. Some are very, very long. Wow.Fascinating! Today it is common to hear people deny the Christian foundation and core of America. Nearly every one of these highly educated former slaves and born free men and women give g [...]

    7. I have read and re-read every speech and learned where each speaker stood on the issues of slavery in the United States. I'm particularly struck by Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, and W.E.B. Du Bois and how their opinions differ. Great reference book.I wish I had read these speeches while in high school. I am a 75-year-old, African American writer, and generally write fiction.

    8. I feel like I may have read a book in college with a similar title or perhaps an earlier edition? Since I don't remember the contents, decided to pick this one up. Hopefully will start reading it by the end of the summer.

    9. A must have for all avid readers, lovers of history and followers of African American leaders. The speeches will evoke all types of emotions, inspire action, and help you focus on the love of family. Thanks James Daley for taking the time to bring these speeches together.

    10. This book does not only Chronicle African American speeches, it provides a time mapped measure of how well we have lived up to our ideals in this country.Also, I find reading speeches is a good way to find direction in your own writing.

    11. A very interesting book that, I believe, everyone should read. A gathering of amazing speeches by leaders that changed history.

    12. Well i do not like this book. I mean i already know so much about slaves and all that. I crave to learn new info on slaves not the old.

    13. Wow. So thought provoking. I'm going to have to read this a few times to make sense of it. Slavery and it's legacy is so horrible to study and yet so important. I will be processing for awhile.

    14. great reada good read learned a lot from these speeches awaiting for another a very good read highly recommend this book

    15. My main complaint is with the chosen version Sojurner Truth's speech. History has proved that the version published here is not the original that Truth gave. Otherwise good selection of speeches.

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