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Title Lend me your ears : great speeches in history / selected and introduced by William Safire.
Imprint New York : Norton, [1992]
Edition First edition.

Subject Speeches, addresses, etc.
Alt Name Safire, William, 1929-2009.
Description 957 pages ; 25 cm
Edition First edition.
Local Note DV: Hdbk., $35.00.
ISBN 0393033686 : $35.00 ($42.00 Can.)
OCLC # 25282698
Table of Contents
 An Introductory Address19
IMemorials and Patriotic Speeches29
  Pericles Extols the Glory That Is Greece at the Funeral of Its Fallen Sons31
  Roman Empress Theodora Refuses to Flee36
  Founding Father Gouverneur Morris Defines National Greatness38
  Daniel Webster Speaks at the Dedication of the Bunker Hill Monument41
  Lecturer Frances Wright Speaks on Independence Day46
  Lincoln Rededicates the Union at Gettysburg49
  Mark Twain Celebrates the Fourth of July51
  President Calvin Coolidge Affirms His Faith in Massachusetts54
  Interior Secretary Harold Ickes Lashes Isolationists and Defeatists57
  Judge Learned Hand Evokes the Spirit of Liberty61
  Underground Fighter Menachem Begin Pledges His Group's Allegiance to the Newborn State of Israel64
  Democratic Candidate Adlai Stevenson Defines the Nature of Patriotism69
  General Douglas MacArthur Reminds West Point Cadets of Duty, Honor, Country74
IIWar and Revolution Speeches79
  Catiline the Conspirator Turns and Fights81
  Queen Elizabeth Inveighs against the Spanish Armada83
  Patrick Henry Ignites the American Revolution84
  An Indian Chief Pledges Help89
  General Washington Talks His Officers Out of Insurrection91
  Richard Price, an English Cleric, Hails the Revolutions95
  Revolutionist Georges-Jacques Danton Demands Death for the Squeamish98
  Napoleon Exhorts His Troops against France's Enemies99
  Garibaldi Prepares Italy's Guerrillas for Battle101
  Jefferson Davis Takes His Leave of the U.S. Senate103
  Chief Joseph Surrenders108
  President Woodrow Wilson Presents an Ideal to the War Congress109
  Lenin Defends Proletarian Dictatorship117
  Mussolini Justifies His Invasion of Ethiopia121
  Hitler Declares Germany's Intentions123
  Winston Churchill Braces Britons to Their Task130
  Stalin Commands the Soviet Peoples to Scorch the Earth Being Taken by Hitler's Troops133
  President Franklin D. Roosevelt Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan137
  Senator Eugene McCarthy Crystallizes Dissent by Denouncing the War in Vietnam140
  Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Acts to Defend the Falkland Islands144
IIITributes and Eulogies149
  Mark Antony Urges Mourners to Vengeance over the Body of Julius Caesar151
  Edmund Burke Laments the Death of Marie Antoinette156
  Henry Lee Remembers George Washington158
  Daniel Webster Puts a Speech in the Mouth of John Adams160
  Senator George Graham Vest Offers a Tribute to the Dog163
  Ralph Waldo Emerson Commemorates the Centennial of Robert Burns165
  Frederick Douglass Cuts through the Lincoln Myth to Consider the Man168
  Humanist Robert Green Ingersoll Speaks at His Brother's Grave174
  James Blaine of Maine Eulogizes Assassinated President Garfield176
  Jane Addams Praises George Washington179
  Rabbi Stephen S. Wise Offers a Tribute to Lincoln183
  Will Rogers Eulogizes Woodrow Wilson185
  George Bernard Shaw Salutes His Friend Albert Einstein189
  India's Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru Delivers the Eulogy for Gandhi191
  John F. Kennedy, in Praise of Robert Frost, Celebrates the Arts in America194
  Senator Robert F. Kennedy Speaks after the Assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.197
  Electronic Journalist Eric Sevareid Remembers Rocket Scientist Wernher von Braun199
  President Richard M. Nixon Defines "Politician" in Eulogizing Senator Everett Dirksen201
  President Jimmy Carter Salutes His Good Friend Hubert H. Humphrey204
  Senator Daniel P. Moynihan Spoofs Abstractionist Art at a Dedication Ceremony208
  Secretary Jack Kemp, Saluting Winston Churchill, Applies the Munich Analogy to Kuwait209
  President Boris Yeltsin of Russia Eulogizes Victims of Communism's Final Power Play214
IVDebates and Argumentation217
  Cicero Rails against Catiline and His Conspiracies219
  A Youthful William Pitt the Elder Debates the Merits of Age226
  William Pitt the Younger and Charles Fox Disagree on Napoleon's Offers of Peace229
  Senator Daniel Webster Backs the Union in His Reply to Senator Hayne241
  Senator John C. Calhoun Fights the Expunging of His Criticism of President Andrew Jackson253
  Abolitionist Charles Sumner Excoriates Two Senate Colleagues on the Issue of "Bloody Kansas"256
  Senator Stephen Douglas Differs with Lincoln on the "Popular Sovereignty" Decision on Slavery261
  John Cabell Breckinridge Disputes Colonel E. D. Baker's Charge of Treason265
  Henry Cabot Lodge Speaks on the League of Nations271
  Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia Appeals to the League of Nations to Stop Aggression275
  Candidates Nixon and Kennedy Meet in the First Televised Presidential Debate279
  Senators Dan Quayle and Lloyd Bentsen Clash on Qualifications for the Presidency289
  Job Pleads the Record of a Good Life against God's Inexplicable Punishment297
  Martin Luther Addresses the Diet of Worms302
  Sir Thomas More Defends Himself against Charges of Treason305
  Robert Emmet Demands That Posterity Be the Judge of His Irish Patriotism308
  Novelist Emile Zola Turns His Libel Defense into an Appeal to Free Falsely Convicted Dreyfus314
  Antiwar Dissident Eugene V. Debs Addresses the Court before Sentencing319
  Gandhi Defends His Beliefs322
  Defense Lawyer Clarence Darrow Answers a Supporter of Capital Punishment327
  Soviet Dissident Anatoly Shcharansky Defies His Judges before Sentencing336
VIGallows and Farewell Speeches339
  Socrates, Condemned to Death, Addresses His Judges341
  Charles I and, Later, His Regicide Speak from the Scaffold345
  Rebel Richard Rumbold, on the Gallows, Attacks Booted and Spurred Privilege351
  Revolutionist Robespierre Delivers His Final Speech354
  President George Washington Delivers His Farewell357
  John Brown Has a Few Words to Say about His Death Sentence366
  King Edward VIII Abdicates His Throne369
  Yankee Great Lou Gehrig Bids Farewell to Baseball371
  General Douglas MacArthur Moves Congress with "Old Soldiers Never Die"373
  President Dwight D. Eisenhower Takes His Leave with a Surprising Theme379
  President Lyndon B. Johnson Halts the Bombing in Vietnam and Drops His Own Political Bomb383
  Speaker of the House James Wright Resigns as "Propitiation" for Ill Will391
  Jesus of Nazareth Delivers the Sermon on the Mount399
  Saint Francis Preaches to the Birds405
  John Wyclif Gives the Sixth Sunday Gospel after Easter406
  Religious Scourge Savonarola Demands Repentance from the Citizens of Florence410
  John Calvin Preaches on Suffering Persecution415
  Calvinist Jonathan Edwards Promises Hellfire and Damnation to the Sinful418
  Methodist John Wesley Asserts "Free Grace" to Deny the Implacability of Fate421
  Clergyman John Witherspoon Couples Religion with Politics425
  Chief Red Jacket Rejects a Change of Religion431
  Bishop James Madison Speaks on Divine Providence toward America433
  Lincoln, in His Second Inaugural, Seeks to Heal the Spiritual Wounds of War439
  Preacher Henry Ward Beecher Speaks of Visions442
  Evangelist Billy Sunday Preaches a Revival Sermon445
  Bishop Fulton John Sheen Makes a Wartime Plea447
  Theologian Karl Barth Preaches Deliverance by Faith452
  Rabbi Louis Finkelstein Delivers a Sermon in the White House457
  President Ronald Reagan Inveighs against the Sinfulness of Communism462
  Billy Graham Preaches about Salvation through Jesus465
VIIIInspirational Speeches473
  Chemist Louis Pasteur Praises the Rise of Scientific Education475
  Theodore Roosevelt Blasts Ignoble Ease and Advocates the Strenuous Life477
  Mark Twain Reveals Stage Fright483
  Branch Rickey Discovers the Quality That Makes a Ballplayer Great485
  Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Acknowledges a Ninetieth-Birthday Tribute487
  John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Sets Forth His Family's Creed489
  Nobel Laureate William Faulkner Charges Writers with the Duty to Help Humanity Prevail491
  President John F. Kennedy Assures West Germany of America's Steadfastness493
  Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Ennobles the Civil Rights Movement at the Lincoln Memorial495
  Senator Everett Dirksen Extols the Marigold500
IXLectures and Instructive Speeches503
  Philosopher-Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson Defines the Duties of the American Scholar505
  Edgar Allan Poe Presents His Theory of Beauty and Poetry510
  Mark Twain Stuns the Littery World by Spoofing Emerson, Longfellow, and Holmes to Their Faces513
  William Lyon Phelps Praises the Owning of Books521
  Broadcaster John Hilton Talks about Talking523
  Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Calls Up the Image of "the Floo Floo Bird"527
  Secretary of State Dean Acheson Explains Tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union529
  Senator Henry Jackson Analyzes International Terrorism534
XSpeeches of Social Responsibility539
  British Statesman William Pitt the Younger Urges Abolition of the Slave Trade541
  Lord Byron Puts Poetic Passion into His Defense of Labor's Rights556
  Social Reformer Maria Stewart Advocates Education for Black Women562
  Suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton Pleads for Women's Rights565
  Evangelist Sojourner Truth Speaks for Women's Rights568
  Abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison Admits of No Compromise with the Evil of Slavery570
  Chief Seattle Cautions Americans to Deal Justly with His People574
  Susan B. Anthony Argues for Women's Rights578
  Governor Huey Long of Louisiana Proposes to End the Depression by Redistributing Wealth580
  Labor's John L. Lewis Defends His Union's Right to Strike584
  FDR Reminds the Daughters of the American Revolution about Their Lineage587
  Walter Lippmann Scores His Generational Cohort for Having Taken "the Easy Way"589
  Elder Statesman Bernard Baruch Offers America's First Plan to Control Nuclear Weapons594
  Senator Robert Taft Opposes War Crimes Trials as Ex post facto Law597
  Governor Kissin' Jim Folsom of Alabama Startles the South with a Concern for the Negro602
  Senator Margaret Chase Smith Issues a "Declaration of Conscience" against Senator Joseph McCarthy606
  Malcolm X Exhorts Afro-Americans to Confront White Oppression611
  Holocaust Witness Elie Wiesel Asks President Reagan to Reconsider a Visit to a German Cemetery619
  Astronomer Carl Sagan Contemplates the Potential Self-destruction of the Earth623
  Playwright-Dissident Vaclav Havel Assumes the Presidency of Czechoslovakia628
XIMedia Speeches635
  Playwright-Journalist-Diplomat Clare Boothe Luce Criticizes the American Press637
  FCC's Newton Minow Excoriates Broadcasters for Failing to Serve the Public Interest646
  Historian Daniel J. Boorstin Examines the Coverage of Dissent655
  Vice-President Spiro Agnew Castigates the Media663
  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger of the New York Times Discusses Business and the Press670
  A. M. Rosenthal of the New York Times Defines Freedom of the Press675
  Television Journalist Ted Koppel Reports on the Newsworthiness of the Ten Commandments680
  Novelist Norman Mailer Slams Censorship and Literary Cowardice684
  Radio and Television Journalist Daniel Schorr, at Seventy-five, Makes a Few "Confessions"689
  Author Salman Rushdie Cries Out from a Life "Trapped inside a Metaphor"694
XIIPolitical Speeches703
  Demosthenes Attacks His Accuser705
  John Winthrop Defines the Mission of Government Officials712
  Edmund Burke Makes a Case for Conciliation with America714
  Benjamin Franklin Addresses the Federal Convention722
  Thomas Jefferson Appeals for Unity at His Inauguration724
  Lord Macaulay Presses the Need for Strong Leadership to Gain Popular Support729
  William Cobbett Heaps Scorn on Opponents of His Bill to Reduce Child Labor732
  Senator Henry Clay Calls for the Great Compromise to Avert Civil War734
  Karl Marx Calls for the Dictatorship of the Proletariat737
  Lincoln, in His First Inaugural, Asserts the Necessity of Majority Rule740
  Representative J. Proctor Knott Uses Satire to Sink a Land Grant Bill747
  British Conservative Benjamin Disraeli Speaks Up for Tory Principles755
  Kalakaua, Last King of Hawaii, Assumes the Throne758
  Prime Minister Gladstone Argues for Toleration and the Rights of Freethinkers in the House of Commons761
  Democratic Candidate William Jennings Bryan Delivers His "Cross of Gold" Speech768
  Claude Bowers Conjures the Ghosts of Democrats Past to Keynote a Convention773
  President Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Instills Confidence in a Depression-Racked Nation777
  Winston Churchill Warns the West of the Soviet "Iron Curtain"783
  Judge Noah Sweat of Mississippi Shows How to Straddle a Fence with Satiric Flair796
  Hubert H. Humphrey Divides the Democratic Party on the Urgent Issue of Civil Rights798
  President Harry Truman Whistle-stops the Nation, Blasting the "Do-Nothing" Congress801
  Adlai Stevenson Makes the Model of a Concession Speech804
  Premier Nikita Khrushchev, in a "Secret Speech," Tears Down Stalin's Reputation806
  President John F. Kennedy, in His Inaugural, Takes Up the Torch for a New Generation811
  President Charles de Gaulle Offers Self-determination to the Algerian People815
  Barry Goldwater Ignites the Conservative Movement819
  President Richard M. Nixon Rallies "the Silent Majority" to Support the War in Vietnam827
  Representative Barbara Jordan Makes the Constitutional Case for the Impeachment of Nixon840
  President Gerald Ford Takes Office after Nixon's Resignation845
  Egypt's President Anwar el-Sadat Travels to Jerusalem to Address Israel's Knesset848
  Senator Edward M. Kennedy Exhorts Fellow Democrats to Hold Fast to Liberalism853
  President Ronald Reagan Foresees the Crisis of Communism862
  Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick Blasts the "San Francisco Democrats"868
  Labour's Neil Kinnock Excoriates Mrs. Thatcher's Toryism873
  Henry Kissinger Warns against the Reemergence of Isolationism883
  George Bush Accepts the Republican Nomination889
  President Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union Acknowledges His Fault899
XIIICommencement Speeches901
  President Woodrow Wilson Calls the Midshipmen to Their Duty903
  Editor William Allen White Calls the Prewar Generation to Its Duty905
  Economist Arthur Burns Shares Three Discoveries with Young Israelis912
  Humorist Art Buchwald Speaks to Law Graduates917
  Language Maven William Safire Denounces the Telephone as the Subverter of Good English921
  Financier Felix G. Rohatyn Examines a Fragile Economy926
  Governor Mario Cuomo Speaks over the Heads of the Graduates to the Parents932
  Labor's Lane Kirkland Rejects the Labels "Liberal" and "Conservative"937
  Professor Jacob Neusner Defines the Social Contract between Teacher and Student942