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The President's Speech

With vivid insight and rousing examples, "The President's Speech "prys apart America's most important presidential speeches, phrase by phrase, and examines the pivotal, often familiar, and always potent language of these speeches. Author C. Edwin Vilade provides the framework for each speech, both within the context of its era and also as a point on a timeline of our country's long history. From George Washington's Farewell Address to George W. Bush's Axis of Evil State of the Union Address, Vilade reveals the varied and often conflicting points of view that shaped the final famous words. Color facsimiles with actual edits, deletions, additions, and notes show how remarkable and forceful language was crafted, sometimes at the last minute, into the enduring words made famous by their timing, context, delivery and power, from the 1823 Monroe Doctrine to Ronald Reagan's "tear down that wall, Mr. Gorbachev" speech at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate, revealing political and social currents that frame these words for modern times.
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PRESIDENTIAL SPEECHES TABLE OF CONTENTS George Washington - Farewell Address (including drafts by James Madison), 1796 Thomas Jefferson - First Inaugural Address, 1801 James Monroe - Seventh Address to the Congress on the State of the Union (containing his statement of the Monroe Doctrine) 1823 John Quincy Adams - (Post-Presidential) Supreme Court argument in defense of slaves accused of mutiny aboard the slave ship Amistad, 1841. Abraham Lincoln - First Inaugural Address (Including language proposed by William Seward), 1861. Abraham Lincoln - Second Inaugural Address, 1865. Theodore Roosevelt - The Man with the Muck Rake, 1906 Woodrow Wilson - War Message to Congress (The World Must be Made Safe for Democracy), 1917. Woodrow Wilson - The 14 Points (Plans for a post-war world, principally authored by the later-distinguished commentator Walter Lippmann), 1918. Calvin Coolidge -- The Press Under a Free Government (drafted by the first Presidential speechwriter, Judson Welliver), 1925. Franklin D. Roosevelt - First Inaugural Address, 1933. Franklin D. Roosevelt - The Four Freedoms, 1941. Franklin D. Roosevelt -- Address to Congress after bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Harry S. Truman - The Truman Doctrine, Address to Congress 1947. Dwight D. Eisenhower - Farewell Address (Military-Industrial Complex Speech), 1961, John F. Kennedy - Inaugural Address (Ask Not...), 1960. John F. Kennedy -Rice University Address (We Choose to Go to the Moon), 1962. Lyndon B. Johnson - The American Promise, 1965. Richard Nixon - "Silent Majority" speech, 1969 Jimmy Carter - "Crisis of Confidence" speech, 1979. Ronald Reagan - Speech at the Brandenburg Gate (Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall), 1987. Ronald Reagan - 40th Anniversary of D-Day speech (The Boys of Pointe du Hoc), 1984. George H.W. Bush - Inaugural Speech (Thousand Points of Light), 1989. Bill Clinton - "I Have Sinned speech (handwritten by Clinton), 1998. George W. Bush - State of the Union speech, 2002 (Axis of Evil speech), 2002.

About the Author

C. Edwin Vilade is an author, speechwriter and communications consultant who has written for two US presidents, two vice presidents, numerous Cabinet officials, heads of multinational corporations and other public figures.

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