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Great Modern Speeches: From Roosevelt to Churchill, from Kennedy to King

Why do some speeches make a difference and last forever, while others backfire or are forgotten? This two-session course explores the answers to these questions through audio, video, and the written word. Listen to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first fireside chat as he led a frightened nation through the banking crisis and Winston Churchill steeling Britons to meet the Nazi assault. Watch John F. Kennedy tackle various crises and Martin Luther King, Jr. call upon the nation to uphold its highest ideals. Throughout the course, unlock the secrets of research, ghostwriting, and rhetorical technique that produced some of the most moving spoken words in history.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with important speeches by leaders such as Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • An understanding of rhetorical techniques and research methods used in writing great speeches

Ideal for

  • History buffs
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
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