Book of Great American Speeches for Young People

The history of the United States has been characterized by fervent idealism, intense struggle, and radical change. And for every critical, defining moment in American history, there were those whose impassioned voices rang out, clear and true, and whose words compelled the minds and hearts of all who heard them. When Martin Luther King Jr. said, “I have a dream,” Americans listened and were profoundly affected. Speeches such as this stand today as testaments to this great nation made up of individuals with bold ideas and unshakable convictions.

This book includes over 100 speeches by U.S. Presidents, African American leaders, abolitionists, women’s suffrage and labor activists, writers, athletes, and others from all walks of life; featuring inspiring and unforgettable speeches by such notable speakers as: Sojourner Truth – Susan B. Anthony – Mother Jones – Lou Gehrig – Franklin D. Roosevelt – Albert Einstein – Pearl S. Buck – Langston Hughes – John F. Kennedy – Martin Luther King Jr. – and many more.

These are the voices that shaped our history. They are powerful, moving, and, above all else, uniquely American. Note: Missions to Modern Marvels begins using this book with speeches from 1890 forward. The speeches in this book are either scheduled for the student to read independently or for use in once-weekly Socratic discussions with the parent.