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  • Dwight Eisenhower 1952 Acceptance Speech
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    Dwight Eisenhower 1952 Acceptance Speech

    General Eisenhower accepted the 1952 Republican Presidential Nomination.

  • emTrumanem
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    Mr. McCullough discussed his book, Truman published by Simon and Schuster. He discussed his research for the book, which is an exhaustive biography of the former president, spanning from a brief…

  • Reel America President Lyndon Johnson on the Vietnam War 1965
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    President Johnson on the Vietnam War

    President Johnson spoke about the conflict in Vietnam and the U.S. policy regarding the region. Entitled “Peace Without Conquest,” the address attempted to explain why Southeast Asia was of…

  • Presidential Speechwriting
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    Presidential Speechwriting

    Craig Smith, author of Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter, talked about writing for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush. He also evaluated the speaking styles of President…

  • Space Effort
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    Space Effort

    President Kennedy talked about the U.S. space program, arguing that America should be the leader in space exploration and the first to land a man on the moon. He said his goal to send a man…

  • President Nixons Silent Majority Speech on Vietnam War
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    President Nixon's "Silent Majority" Speech on Vietnam War

    President Nixon talked to the nation about the prospects for peace in Vietnam. He outlined a program of “Vietnamization” in which the U.S. military would gradually turn over operations to South…

  • The Nixon Tapes 45th Anniversary of Nixons resignation
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    The Nixon Tapes: 45th Anniversary of Nixon's resignation

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    Noting the 45th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, his telephone calls leading up to that event and his resignation speech. Note: Some language may be offensive.

  • American University Commencement Address
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    American University Commencement Address

    President John F. Kennedy made the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. This speech marked the start of detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

  • Former President George HW Bush Dies at Age 94
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    President George H.W Bush Interview

    Former President George H.W. Bush has died at age 94. In this 1999 interview, he talks about his career in public service, being Director of the CIA, his decision to seek the presidency,…

  • The JFK Tapes Desegregation
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    The JFK Tapes: Desegregation

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    On October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to become a student at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. President John F. Kennedy’s phone calls about the…

  • The Nixon Tapes 1972 Republican National Convention
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    The Nixon Tapes: 1972 Republican National Convention

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    President Richard Nixon’s calls leading up to and after the Republican National Convention. Participants included Special Counsel to the President Charles Colson, Vice President and running mate Spiro…

  • Eisenhower and Nixon 1956 Acceptance Speeches
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    Eisenhower and Nixon 1956 Acceptance Speeches

    President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon accepted their nominations to be the 1956 Republican candidates for president and vice president. Between the speeches, first lady Mamie…

  • Reagan Library Tour
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    Reagan Library Tour

    Mrs. Reagan conducted a tour of the Reagan Presidential Library, highlighting important episodes of the Reagan presidency. She commented on several exhibits including those which focused on the assassination…

  • President Lyndon Johnson Address on Voting Rights
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    Voting Rights Address

    President Johnson spoke to a joint session of Congress regarding the voting rights of all Americans. He focused on the denial of equal rights to African-Americans and stressed that all…

  • Ronald Reagans A Time for Choosing Speech
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    Reagan Campaign Address for Goldwater

    Mr. Reagan spoke in support of Senator Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. In the speech he called “A Time for Choosing” he focused on the importance of a strong defense against…

  • President Gerald Fords Pardon of Richard Nixon
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    President Ford Pardon of Richard Nixon

    President Ford addressed the nation to announce that he would grant a full, free, and absolute pardon to former President Nixon. He cited the likelihood of the controversy going on and…

  • President Fords First News Conference
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    President Ford's First News Conference

    In his news conference two weeks after being sworn in, President Ford answered questions from reporters about his plans, his budget and other topics. He would not say whether he would…

  • 1974 State of the Union Address
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    1974 State of the Union Address

    President Nixon gave his annual State of the Union address and focused on an energy crisis and efforts to secure a Middle East peace. He also spoke about the Watergate investigation saying…

  • 1964 State of the Union Address
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    1964 State of the Union Address

    President Johnson spoke to Congress regarding the State of the Union. He focused on the need to improve the unemployment rate and equal civil rights for all Americans. He also proposed a…

  • Life Portrait of Bill Clinton
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    Life Portrait of Bill Clinton

    In the forty-first in a series on American presidents, scholars discussed the life and career of Bill Clinton. Among the issues discussed were Clinton’s childhood and early adulthood, his…

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