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Historical Documents and Speechs

Declarations, Compacts, Constitutions, Charters, Speeches and other important documents that have altered history.

Columbus Letter to the Spanish Crown star
Too often, the actual letters of famous are ignored. Only intense historians take the time to look at them. The following is a letter from Christopher Columbus to the King and Queen of Spain sometime during the 1490s.

I Have a Dream Speech star
Though slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation, mankind realized that slavery comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes. It was through this speech by Martin Luther King, Jr., that a new kind of slavery was recognized and slowly dismantled through rhetoric, blood, and determination.

Inaugural Speech - First - George Washington star
Each president has given a speech when first being sworn in as President of the United States of America. Much of what they hope to accomplish is wrapped up in these words which have echoed through the years. Here is the very first inaugural speech given by the first president, George Washington.

Second Inaugral Address - George Washington star
The first president of the United States of America was elected to a second term. In a short, but sincere speech, George Washington accepts this position.

Susan B. Anthony's Speech star
Susan B. Anthony was known for her relentless campaign to get women equal rights. When it came to the 1872 presidential election, she was arrested and charged $100 for her behavior. After refusing to pay the fine, she have this speech.

The Fourteen Points Speech star
It was almost at the end of World War I, The Great War, that President Wilson came before Congress. He had done his best to keep America out of the war, but it was out of his hands. With this speech he listed 14 points that he hoped would be used to create a better and more peaceful world.

The Iron Curtain Speech star
Though World War II had ended, a new war had begun with the establishment of the "Iron Curtain". The following is a speech made by Winston Churchill made in 1946 where the phrase "Iron Curtain" was first used.

The Magna Carta Document star
Many documents have been written that have changed the course of history. The Magna Carta was one that began weakening the influence of the monarch and became a precedent for future governments.

Washington's Speech to Establish Thanksgiving star
Where did Thanksgiving come from? No, the date we celebrate it? It came from George Washington.

Washington's Speech to Prevent His Army Revolting star
The American Revolution was about over. Discontent spread throughout the revolutionary troops when they saw the promise of pay and other things being disregarded by the new government. The great general pulled his troops together and put out the rising fire with this speech.

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