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great speeches of 20th century

There have been many great speeches throughout the 20th century that have inspired and motivated people around the world. Here are 10 of the most memorable speeches, along with some details about each:

  1. I Have a Dream” by Martin Luther King Jr. (1963): This speech was delivered during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and is considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century. It called for an end to racial discrimination and inequality in the United States and is remembered for its powerful language and inspiring message of hope.Extract: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”
  2. We Shall Fight on the Beaches” by Winston Churchill (1940): This speech was given by the British Prime Minister during World War II, following the evacuation of British and Allied troops from Dunkirk. It rallied the British people and called for their unwavering commitment to the war effort against Nazi Germany.Extract: “We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”
  3. Tear Down This Wall” by Ronald Reagan (1987): This speech was delivered at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin, calling for the dismantling of the Berlin Wall that had divided the city since 1961. It signaled the end of the Cold War and is remembered as a defining moment in American history.Extract: “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
  4. A More Perfect Union” by Barack Obama (2008): This speech was delivered during Obama’s presidential campaign and addressed issues of race and inequality in America. It called for unity and understanding between different groups in the United States and is remembered as one of Obama’s most powerful speeches.

Extract: “Race is an issue that I believe this nation cannot afford to ignore right now. We have a choice in this country. We can accept a politics that breeds division, and conflict, and cynicism…. Or, at this moment, in this election, we can come together and say, ‘Not this time.'”

5. “Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat” by Winston Churchill (1940): This speech was given by Churchill shortly after becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and addressed the challenges facing Britain during World War II. It called for national unity and sacrifice in the face of adversity.

Extract: “I would say to the House, as I said to those who have joined this government: I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.”

6. “The Ballot or the Bullet” by Malcolm X (1964): This speech was delivered during the Civil Rights Movement and called for Black Americans to take control of their own destiny through political action. It emphasized the importance of voting and self-determination and is remembered as one of Malcolm X’s most influential speeches.

Extract: “It’s time for you and me to stop sitting in this country, letting some cracker senators, Northern crackers and Southern crackers, sit there in Washington, D.C., and come to a conclusion in their mind that you and I are supposed to have civil rights. There’s no white man going to tell me anything about my rights.”

7. “The Four Freedoms” by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1941): This speech was delivered during World War II and called for the defense of four essential freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. It inspired Americans to support the war effort and is remembered as a defining moment in American history.

Extract: “The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants—everywhere in the world.

8. “Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You” by John F. Kennedy (1961): This speech was delivered during Kennedy’s inaugural address and called for Americans to work together for the greater good. It emphasized the importance of service and sacrifice and is remembered as one of Kennedy’s most memorable speeches.

Extract: “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.”

9. “The Struggle for Human Rights” by Eleanor Roosevelt (1948): This speech was delivered at the United Nations General Assembly and called for the recognition and protection of human rights around the world. It emphasized the importance of working together to create a more just and equal society.

Extract: “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home—so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world.”

10. “The Man in the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt (1910): This speech was delivered during a speech at the Sorbonne in Paris and called for the importance of taking action and being willing to fail in pursuit of one’s goals. It emphasized the importance of perseverance and is remembered as one of Roosevelt’s most inspirational speeches.

Extract: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood.”

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